Don’t Miss Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics


Opening on Nov.7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” is a stunning exhibition presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The exhibit explores how rock music can change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom. “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” will open during a Ford After Five evening event, November 7 and runs through February 11, which gives you time to see the collection of artifacts.

This is a rare opportunity because it is the first time that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Newseum in Washington, D.C., have partnered together. The result is a one-of-kind exhibit that includes photographs, periodicals and videos. Among the artifacts is also Bono’s 2002 Super Bowl jacket, which he wore during a moving tribute to victims of the 9/11 attacks while performing at the Super Bowl.


“‘Louder Than Words’ highlights how artists have used their craft as a platform to express their views and shape public opinion,” said Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The exhibit explores how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change. Beyond music’s influence on the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and gender equality, the exhibit also features other significant moments and figures.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to bring this exhibition to the region,” said Elaine Didier, director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.  From ex-Beatle George Harrison’s visit to the White House, to stories of Steve Ford playing Led Zeppelin music from the White House roof, rock music had a definite history during the Ford presidency.

The November 7, opening event begins at 6 p.m. Membership to the Friends of Ford is available online at www.geraldrfordfoundation.org/donate, or by calling 616-254-0396. This exhibit will be included as part of the Museum’s regular admission fees.

For more news about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and its traveling exhibits, visit https://www.rockhall.com/visit/exhibits.

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