“Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics”

On display through July 31, 2017 | Level 6

From the moment rock and roll hit the airwaves, it has played a crucial role in politics and social movements around the world. Now, two iconic museums – the Newseum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio – have partnered on a one-of-a-kind exhibit that explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom.

“Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” showcases the intersection between rock and politics and examines how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change. Through iconic artifacts and photographs, and multimedia experiences, the exhibit explores music’s influence on civil rights, the Vietnam War and gender equality, and covers such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Rage Against the Machine.

See music history up close, including:

  • Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Stratocaster guitar
  • John Lennon’s May 1969 bed-in guitar
  • President Bill Clinton’s saxophone, gifted from Henri Selmer
  • Bob Dylan’s Hohner harmonica
  • Public Enemy’s handwritten “Fight the Power” lyrics
  • Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” jewelry from 1984’s MTV VMAs

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Contributing support for “Louder Than Words” has been provided by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, SoundExchange and Altria Group.