Friday, 13 January 2017


Jimi Hendrix's Guitar, Bono's famous black jacket, and Bill Clinton's saxophone. These are just some of the items that can be found at the Newseum's latest exhibit, "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics."
"These are the things that make Baby Boomers all tingly and excited," said Patty Rhule, a senior manager at the Newseum.
"We have John Lennon's electric guitar," said Rhule. "The Beatles weren't particularly political early on in their careers. But in the late-1960's they decided they needed to make a statement. So with their album, Revolution, they started making a statement about the Vietnam War. And this is the electric guitar that John Lennon played."

Rhule said that this activism in music has been a constant thread through history. She said often artists have had great influence over the population, on issues like civil rights, and anti-war.
"I think music is really," she said. "Has the power to change minds in a way that someone just talking at an issue doesn't have. Music has a way of lifting an issue to a higher level."
The exhibit will now be open until July 31, 2017.

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