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Political Record Labels


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

In collaboration with Cleveland Institute of Art, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame welcomes designer, artist, and archivist Josh MacPhee for an interactive vinyl listening event!

The event centers on MacPhee’s book, An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels, a compendium of information about political music and radical cultural production. Focusing on vinyl records, and the labels that produced them, the book traces the parallel rise of social movements in the second half of the twentieth century and the vinyl record as the dominant form of music distribution.

MacPhee will spin records from select labels featured in the book, while discussing the role of the vinyl record as agitprop in international social movements. RSVP HERE.

Following the listening party, fans can participate in a Q&A and book signing and head to the Cleveland Institute of Art to view MacPhee’s exhibition, We Want Everything, which explores printmaking as a communal cultural practice that values copying and repurposing in place of individual authorship. Organized in collaboration with CIA’s Printmaking Department, this exhibition will transform CIA’s Reinberger Gallery into an active maker space that mines the history of print and its connection to political activism, posters, radical music and book publishing design. We Want Everything will encourage visitors to engage in the process, mixing and matching imagery and ideas throughout the history of art and organizing for a better world.

This event is free with RVSP, museum admission not included.

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