In the Belkin Gallery on Levels 5 and 6 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was Louder Than Words, a “special exhibit created in partnership with the Newseum in Washington, DC, exploring rock music’s power to change attitudes about peace, equality, patriotism and hope.”
It was magnificent.
On the wall Up the stairway are some lyrics from Patti Smith’s People Have the Power: “And the people have the power To redeem the work of fools From the meek the graces shower It’s decreed the people rule.”
There were kiosks about all the Presidents, from Truman to Obama, describing the music theuy used in their campaigns. But mostly it was music, graphics and artifacts about how the country dealt with a variety of conflicts.
Mississippi Goddam by Nina Simone was one of the songs representing the civil rights movement.
In the Vietnam War period, you heard Waist Deep in the Big Muddy by Pete Seeger and Ohio by CSN&Y, but also The Ballad of the Green Berets, a 1966 hit by Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler.
There was a display about the Continue reading “Louder Than Words: Rock * Power * Politics”