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 – are partnering 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” will be on display in the cities hosting two major political events in the upcoming presidential election cycle: the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the 2017 presidential inauguration celebrations in the nation’s capital.
Using video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals and artifacts, such as the guitar John Lennon debuted at the bed-in where he and Yoko Ono introduced the anti-war song “Give Peace a Chance,” “Louder Than Words” will showcase the intersection between rock and politics and examine how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change. The exhibit will explore music’s influence on civil rights, the Vietnam War and gender equality, and will include such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Rage Against the Machine.
“Louder Than Words,” presented by the Hilton, Sound Exchange, AT&T and Altria Group, premieres on May 20, 2016, at the Rock Hall in Cleveland, and moves to the Newseum on Jan. 13, 2017, where it will be on display through July 31, 2017.