Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Hosting Rock, Power & Politics Exhibit

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The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame will be holding an exhibit tied into rock and politics dubbed Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics.

PNC presents Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics, presented by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Sound Exchange, Altria Group, and AT&T, organizes the experience by presidential administrations – from Eisenhower through Obama – and uses historical context to shed insight into how we view these issues today. A continuously updated digital screen connects music’s impact to some of the most pressing media issues of today, including Springsteen’s cancellation of concerts in North Carolina following the signing of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, the Arab Spring and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who testified at the 1985 Parents Music Resource Center (PRMC) Senate Hearings on Censorship, will perform an acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during the opening event on May 19. Snider testified along with Frank Zappa and John Denver at the PRMC Hearings, which had the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to have violent, drug-related or sexual themes via labeling albums with Parent Advisory stickers. Snider’s artifacts and stories are told in the exhibit including how Presidential candidate Donald Trump came to use “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as his campaign song.

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 them with interactives, photography and never-before-seen artifacts to examine how music has both shaped and reflected our culture norms on eight political topics:
• Civil Rights
• LGBT Issues
• Feminism
• War & Peace
• Censorship
• Political Campaigns
• Political Causes
• International Politics

More than 50 artists and political figures are featured in the exhibit, including:

• Beyoncé
• Bono
• Eric Clapton
• Bill Clinton
• George Clinton
• Sam Cooke
• Bob Dylan
• Melissa Etheridge
• Gloria Estefan
• Aretha Franklin
• Lady Gaga
• Green Day
• Jimi Hendrix
• Chrissie Hynde
• Alan Jackson
• Kendrick Lamar
• Cyndi Lauper
• Queen Latifah
• John Lennon
• Madonna
• Ministry
• Bob Marley
• Tom Morello
• N.W.A
• Yoko Ono
• Public Enemy
• Elvis Presley
• Keith Richards
• Pete Seeger
• Dee Snider
• Nina Simone
• Grace Slick
• Bruce Springsteen
• Rod Stewart
• Joe Strummer
• Village People
• Sid Vicious
• Ann Wilson
• Stevie Wonder
• Neil Young
• And more!

The Rock Hall will be doing themed programs about rock and politics for visitors all summer long, including a screening of Free to Rock: How Rock & Roll Helped End the Cold War on Wed., June 29 at 7 p.m