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Rock Hall Exhibit Explores Link Between Politics and Music


Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesBefore the Republican National Convention gets to Cleveland this summer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is exploring the connection between rock and politics with a new exhibit.

“Louder than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” will open Friday. It will offer a look at important political debates and events through “the lens of rock music.”

The exhibit includes new, exclusive interviews with Bono, David Byrne, Dee Snider, Tom Morello, Lars Ulrich and Gregg Allman, among others.

Items on display will include the Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix performed “ The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock, John Lennon’s acoustic guitar from the 1969 Montreal and Amsterdam Bed-ins for Peace and original handwritten lyrics from Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Chuck Berry’s “School Day,” Neil Young’s “Ohio,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A” and Green Day’s “American Idiot.”

The exhibit will run through November 27 at the Rock Hall. It will then move to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. where it will open on January 13, 2017.

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