The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Foundation is bringing a glimpse of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to the Ford Presidential Museum this November.

The exhibit  explores how rock music can change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom. The exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” will open with a members-only reception on Nov. 8 and will be on view to the public through Feb. 11.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Newseum in Washington, D.C., partnered to create this one-of-kind exhibit. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum’s presentation of “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,” marks its first stop outside of the two iconic partnering museums. The exhibit first premiered on May 20, 2017, at the Rock Hall and was on display at the Newseum during the 2017 presidential inauguration through July 31.

Video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals and artifacts, such as Bono’s 2002 Super Bowl jacket will be displayed. Bono wore the jacket during the performance; the jacket's stars-and-stripes lining serves as an additional homage to the victims.

Carl Fowler

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.

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” will open 6 p.m., November 8, with a Friends of Ford members only preview reception. Membership to the Friends of Ford is available online at, or by calling 616-254-0396. This exhibit will be included as part of the Museum’s regular admission fees.

Courtesy Gerald Ford Museum
Courtesy Gerald Ford Museum

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