The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today that a new Social Justice exhibit, ‘It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope, and Empowerment‘ will open sometime in mid-July.
There has never been a more appropriate time for such an exhibit, given the social injustices dominating current event headlines and the turmoil our nation is currently spiraling in. The Rock Hall seeks to showcase how musicians helped pioneer and influence the movements and call-to-action that is spreading across the United States in present day.
According to the press release announcing the exhibit, ‘Its Been Said…’ “spotlights how musical artists have channeled the power of rock & roll to respond to racism all along.”
Different generations of influential voices will be included in the exhibit, from Little Richard and Aretha Franklin, to Tupac and Public Enemy, and fast-forwarding to today’s influencers including Beyonce and Rage Against the Machine.
Moments of great movements and the artists that were part of them, captured through the lenses of influential African American photographers Bruce Talamon, Howard Bingham, Bob Douglas, Chuck Stewart, and others are part of the showcase.
The exhibit will be located at the entrance to the Ahmet Ertegun main exhibit hall.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recently re-opened after being forced to close due to concerns from COVID-19. New practices are in place including required advance reservations, masks to be worn by all patrons and staff, and social distancing. (Complete guidelines can be found here!)
The Rock Hall has been busy opening premier exhibits in recent memory, including The interactive Garage exhibit where visitors can learn to play classic songs on real instruments and ‘Play it Loud!’ — which showcases some of the most iconic instruments and artifacts in Rock & Roll history.