Play It Loud: instruments of Rock and Roll at The Met

This is opening next week in New York. The exhibition will be an unprecedented gathering of rarely seen guitars, bass, drum kits, keys and horns from more than 80 renowned musicians.

Through more than 130 instruments dating from 1939 to 2017—played by artists such as Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Don Felder, Kim Gordon, Jimi Hendrix, James Hetfield, Wanda Jackson, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Kate Pierson, Elvis Presley, Prince, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, St. Vincent, Tina Weymouth, Nancy Wilson, and others—Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll will explore one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century and the objects that made the music possible.

Exhibition Dates: April 8–October 1, 2019
Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Floor 1, Gallery 199

It’s the first major exhibition in an art museum dedicated entirely to the iconic instruments of rock and roll and it opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on 8 April, 2019.

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Seen at top: Gibson Guitar Corp. (Kalamazoo, MI); painted by Keith Richards. Les Paul Custom electric guitar (serial no. 7 7277), 1957; painted 1968. Carved mahogany body and neck, ebony fingerboard, 24 3/4 in. scale; black finish with hand-painted design; three patent-applied-for (PAF) humbucking pickups, three-way selector switch, two volume and two tone controls. Collection of Keith Richards

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