Alan Jackson Guitar Featured in ‘Louder Than Music’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Exhibit
A very special piece of Alan Jackson's career is featured in a new exhibit on display now at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jackson is one of more than 50 artists featured in Louder Than Music: Rock, Power & Politics, an exhibit that walks viewers through the times when political activism has merged with music. The country icon's contribution is the Jim Triggs guitar that he used to perform "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" during the 2001 CMA Awards. The display also includes Jackson's handwritten lyrics to the track, which was inspired by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" won Jackson Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards following its release, and the track is still a popular mainstay at Jackson's live shows. The singer even performed the song at the 2015 ACM Awards, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
“It was just a gift,” Jackson tells The Boot of writing the song. “I got up and scribbled it down and put the melody down so I wouldn’t forget it, and the next day I started piecing all those verses together, thoughts I had or visuals I had.”
Other artists featured in the Louder Than Music exhibit include Elvis Presley, Neil Young, Beyonce, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Keith Richards, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and many more. The exhibit is set to run through Nov. 27 at the Hall of Fame before moving to the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
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