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Rotating Exhibits

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics exhibit

Monday March 2, 2020 to Sunday January 3, 2021

Beyond music’s influence on the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and gender equality, the exhibit will also feature other significant moments and figures, such as Bob Dylan, who rallied people against social inequality, the hip-hop music of the 80s that discussed police brutality in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, and more.



Whether you identify as red or blue, we all bleed rock and roll. Voicing political beliefs mixes its way into conversation and lyrics all the same. Whether you're a fan of Jimi Hendrix's "Star-Spangled Banner" reinvention or Bob Dylan's insightful ballad "The Times They Are A-Changin” Many musical artists have broached the subject of politics or have reacted to the current political and cultural climate through note and song. Inside of a song or performance, artists feel safe expressing their opinions and inviting fans to connect with their message regardless of party affiliation.



The exhibit includes exclusive video interviews with Bono, David Byrne, Dee Snider, Tom Morello, Lars Ulrich, Gloria Estefan, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter and others, and combines with them interactives, photography and never-before-exhibited artifacts to examine how music has both shaped and reflected our cultural norms on eight political topics: civil rights, LGBT issues, feminism, war & peace, censorship, political campaigns, political causes, and international politics.

Included in the exhibit are:

  • Joe Strummer’s Fender Telecaster
  • Correspondence between the FBI and Priority Records regarding N.W.A’s "F*** the Police"
  • Original handwritten lyrics from Chuck Berry’s "School Day," and Neil Young’s “Ohio”
  • Original Village People stage costumes
  • Artifacts related to the Vietnam War, May 4, 1970, shooting at Kent State, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement