GRAMMY Museum presents “Songs Of Conscience, Sounds Of Freedom”


Billie Holiday – Photo: Don Hunstein / Columbia Records / Getty Images

Songs of conscience, sounds of freedom, curated by the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, examines the role music has played in informing and inspiring social consciousness throughout American history.

Charting a path from the spirituals sung by slaves in America and the songs and sounds of the American Revolution, to the mass movement of music and art that helped spark action during the Civil Rights movement for years 1960, in the continuing struggle for racial justice in America today, the exhibition covers time and genre to tell the stories of music’s role as a source of inspiration and education. Songs of conscience, sounds of freedom opens on Saturday January 15, 2022 and will run until May 8, 2022.

Songs of conscience, sounds of freedom was first exhibited at the GRAMMY Museum when it opened in Los Angeles in 2008. In the 13 years since that first edition, the exhibit has been updated to include the Black Lives Matter movement, songs that fight for LGBTQ + rights and how the music of artists like HER, Dave Specter and Mickey guyton continue traditions of using music as an agent and catalyst for social change.

In addition, Songs of conscience, sounds of freedom will include a newly expanded section, “The Sounds of Los Angeles,” which explores the Los Angeles-based social movements and events that inspired protest songs spanning a variety of genres and communities, the Chicano movement that formed in the 1960s and 1970s, the 1965 Watts Riots / Rebellion, 1992 Riots / Uprising, and the city’s history of poverty and economic disparities, gang violence and police corruption. Featured artists include Lalo Guerrero, Mark Guerrero, Frost, Kim Weston, Randy Savvy of Compton Cowboys, Chuck d, and more.

Songs of conscience, sounds of freedom returns to the GRAMMY Museum at a particularly relevant time, ”said Bob Santelli, founding executive director and curator of the exhibition. “While socially and politically conscious songs have healed and inspired generations throughout our history, it is especially important to show the power of song as a unifying force and agent of change amid the current struggles of society. America for equality. “

Songs of conscience, sounds of freedom will also include ‘Song Spotlights’, individual video displays that feature artists speaking about specific socially aware songs:

Andra Day discusses “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
Noel Paul Stookey recalls the importance of Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the wind”
Ziggy Marley Talks About Her Father’s Song “Get up, get up”

For more information on advance ticket reservations and new security protocols, visit the official GRAMMY Museum website.

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