Explore the Rock Hall’s largest digital exhibit ever with 360-degree videos and artist narratives.
The virtual exhibit is a companion piece to the museum’s physical exhibit and is the Rock Hall’s largest virtual exhibit ever, amidst the museum’s 25th Anniversary, which is being celebrated this year.
Inside the exhibit, a quote from Nina Simone reads, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” The spirit of that statement reverberates in the virtual exhibit and builds on the Rock Hall’s mission to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock & roll.
Explore Inductees that used their music as a platform for opposing injustice and fighting for equality, such as N.W.A., Public Enemy, Nat “King” Cole, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Nina Simone, Prince, and others.
Artifacts featured both at the museum and virtually include an Aretha Franklin Valentino dress, Jimi Hendrix guitar strap, James Brown jumpsuit, Mavis Staples dress, N.W.A jacket, and Bob Marley hat. They help to visually amplify the stories behind these social justice trailblazers.
See videos from the Rock Hall’s vault, such as Lauryn Hill performing Nina Simone’s “Ain’t Got No – I Got Life” at the 2018 Induction Ceremony and the I Threes, a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1974 to support Bob Marley & The Wailers, performing “Redemption Song” at the 1994 Induction Ceremony.
Plus, you’ll find rare and never seen before photos captured by influential African American photographers, including Chuck Stewart, Bruce Talamon, Bob Douglas, and others. Among the images, you’ll find a behind-the-scenes photo of boxing champion and activist Muhammad Ali and soul and jazz musician, poet and author Gil Scott-Heron, captured in 1977 by Bruce Talamon, an image of Billie Holiday performing at The Tiffany Club in Los Angles, taken by Bob Douglas, and a photo of Kendrick Lamar performing “Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, all painting a picture of the rage, hope and empowerment felt by the Black community.
Using Rock Hall EDU, discover free online learning materials, including a video conversation with Chuck D. of Public Enemy discussing the lyrics to “Fight the Power,” the political anthem that was revisited in 2020 to address the current landscape, and an essay by Dr. Daphne Brooks about Aretha Franklin’s career in soul music and the impact it has as a vehicle for messages of empowerment and identity.
The Rock Hall has also been handing the mic over to artists for @rockhall Instagram Live takeovers to elevate the conversation. Recently, Chuck D. of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cyprus Hill discussed how they’ve used music as a platform for change. Upcoming takeovers will be posted to Rock Hall’s social channels.
Source: Press Release
2020/09/01 - 2022/12/31