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NEW 2020 exhibits


OpENiNg March 2, 2020

Beyond music’s influence
on the Civil Rights Movement,
the Vietnam War, and gender
equality, the exhibit will also
feature other significant
moments and figures, such as
Bob Dylan, who rallied people
against social inequality,
the hip-hop music of the
80s that discussed police
brutality in poverty-stricken
neighborhoods, and more.
Whether you identify as red or
blue, we all bleed rock and roll.
Voicing political beliefs mixes
its way into conversation and
lyrics all the same. Whether
you’re a fan of Jimi Hendrix’s
“Star-Spangled Banner”

In the 1960s and 70s, Rolling Stone
provided a national voice to the counterculture movement and gave readers
unprecedented access to musicians
before the days of personal branding.
As Chief Photographer for Rolling
Stone from 1967 to 1970, Baron Wolman
pioneered a new genre of iconic rock
photography. Backstage Pass gives
viewers an opportunity to experience
how the photographers and editors of
Rolling Stone guided the creation of the

“rock star” persona, from concert, to
cover, to icon.
Through the exhibition’s 35 framed
photographs, contact sheets, and
original Rolling Stone magazine covers,
Backstage Pass presents an intimate
view of a crucial period of cultural
transformation in American history.
Visitors will go “backstage” to see how
photographic coverage of events such as
Woodstock and The Day on the Green
has contributed to our collective cultural

reinvention or Bob Dylan’s
insightful ballad “The Times
They Are A-Changin” Many
musical artists have broached
the subject of politics or have
reacted to the current political
and cultural climate through
note and song. Inside of a song
or performance, artists feel
safe expressing their opinions
and inviting fans to connect
with their message regardless
of party affiliation.

Feeding the heightened political and
cultural climate of the time, featured
artists Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis
Joplin, Tina Turner, and Frank Zappa
came to represent generational ideals
through music, words, and visual imagery.
Taking an unobtrusive approach with his
subjects, Wolman’s techniques resulted
in photographs and eventually magazine
covers that capture the rawness and
emotion of the artists and a generation.
Together, Backstage Pass encourages our
understanding of how images become

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