Monday, June 2, 2014

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power

When it comes to music I can get a little nerdy with it. I am an avid collector of concert paraphernalia and I love the chance to get up close and personal with pieces of music history. The Henry Ford Museum is currently running an exhibit called Women Who Rock that features memorabilia from some of music's biggest names, including Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and more. 

The show, which is running through August 17th, features music sheets, handwritten notes, session cards, posters, photographs, costumes, and instruments from over 2 dozen music legends living and deceased.
This includes Lady Gaga’s meat dress, which has been jerked and hung for your viewing pleasure, Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour bustier, and Janis Joplin’s handwritten lyrics to “Move Over”. It is your chance to get up close and personal with some of rock's most treasured items.This exhibit also featured videos of female singers throughout history blasting while you browse through the rooms, it was empowering and interesting at the same time. I was amazed by the beading on some of the costumes, and I love to see how many times an artist crossed out words while hand writing out the lyrics to a song. While you're there you can also check out the other pieces on display at the museum, including the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, an exhibit on airplanes and cars throughout history, a few of the former presidents' limousines, and the chair that Lincoln was assassinated in. 

Admission to the museum is $18 for adult non members, $16 for seniors, $13.50 for those 5-12 years of age, and free if you're under 4. The Henry Ford is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn. To learn more or purchase tickets in advance, visit their website here. Strollers and wagons are allowed and so is bringing your own food and drinks. So entertain yourself and keep the price low by packing your own lunches.


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