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Sonic Boom! Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Photo of Jeff Beck by Geoff Tischman

Fifth Avenue is going to rock from April 8th when Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll begins its live run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Play It Loud is the first time a major museum exhibition will examine the instruments of rock & roll. Rock fans have long been fascinated with the instruments used by musicians. Many have sought out and acquired the exact models of instruments and equipment used by their idols, and spent countless hours trying to emulate their music and their look. The instruments used in rock and roll had a profound impact on this art form that forever changed music.

The exhibition is co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and will present approximately 130 instruments alongside posters and costumes. Many of rock’s most celebrated and recognized instruments will be featured, representing artists across generations and subgenres. In addition to institutional and private collectors, many musicians are lending their performance and recording instruments.

The white Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, on loan from the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, WA, will be on view.

The exhibition closes on October 1st.