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Rock’n’roll at the MET


The MET in New York retraces the history of rock’n’roll through the instruments that made it great, in an exhibition entitled “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll”

An unmissable show for all rock’n’roll lovers. It is on display until October 1st at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1000 5th Ave).

The exhibition entitled “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” features about 130 instruments covering a period of time ranging from 1939 to 2017 and played by over 80 rock musicians. “The Met – explained director Max Hollein – has one of the largest collections of musical instruments in the world with over 5 thousand items. They are not simple instruments, but also works of art that document the history of music. Rock and Roll, was one of the most significant artistic movements of the twentieth century that transformed our lives in many ways, so we decided to dedicate an exhibition to it.

An exhibition that for the first time analyses this movement from the point of view of the tools that generated it.” The instruments belonging to great stars such as Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Lady Gaga, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Elvis Presley, Prince, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, St. Vincent, Tina Weymouth, are just a few of the many on display. Ample space is assigned within the exhibition to the guitar, an instrument of primary importance in the world of rock. Just to mention two, there is the one used by Don Felder of the Eagles for the solo in ‘Hotel California‘ considered one of the greatest ever, and the white Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock in 1969 or the 12-string Rickenbacker of John Lennon. After New York, the show will move to Cleveland in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Above: Paul Stanley’s Cracked Mirror Iceman Guitar