Lennon, Jimi, Dylan, Bono & More at D.C. Exhibit

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The guitar on which John Lennon wrote “Give Peace a Chance”

On Jan. 13, the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., will unveil its newest exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,” created in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Opening a week before the inauguration of Donald Trump, the exhibit explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom. “Louder Than Words” will be on display at the Newseum through July 31.

“This exhibit is a powerful testament to the role music has played in influencing political and social change,” said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. “As they exercised their First Amendment rights, these artists have helped shape attitudes and action about war and peace, social justice, and human rights around the world.”

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

Through artifacts, images and multimedia experiences, the exhibit, says a press release, “examines how music has influenced issues ranging from political campaigns to civil rights. Included in the exhibit are John Lennon’s acoustic guitar from his 1969 Montreal and Amsterdam “Bed-Ins for Peace” with Yoko Ono, the Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix used to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock, stage costumes worn by the Village People and original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Chuck Berry’s “School Day,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” and Green Day’s “American Idiot.” The exhibit also features artifacts related to the Vietnam War, the May 4, 1970, shooting at Kent State University, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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“Louder Than Words” includes exclusive video interviews with Bono, David Byrne, Dee Snider, Tom Morello, Lars Ulrich, Gloria Estefan, Gregg Allman, Ann Wilson and others. One of the films produced for the exhibit, Artists Unite, tells the stories of musicians coming together for charity and relief efforts to raise awareness and encourage donations from audiences around the world. The film will play on the 100-foot-wide video wall in the Newseum’s Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater.

The exhibit premiered on May 20, 2016, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and attracted thousands of visitors as the city hosted the 2016 Republican National Convention that summer.

Watch Bruce Springsteen sing “Born in the U.S.A.”

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