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Exhibit: The State of Sound A World of Music from Illinois



April 30, 2021 - January 23, 2022
Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Illinois Gallery
112 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
217-558-8844

Free with Museum Admission


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From Muddy Waters to REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick to Earth Wind and Fire and Chance the Rapper, the land of Lincoln has produced some of the most highly celebrated music in rock history. Musicians, legendary radio stations, and musical gear have shaped the sonic history of Illinois and the world.
This exhibit will showcase the achievements and contributions of Illinois’ finest in music. Written by award-winning author, documentary-producer and former Chicago Sun-Times Columnist and Critic, Dave Hoekstra.

Listen to the “The State of Sound Podcast” which features conversations about legendary Illinois bands and musicians – sometimes with the artists themselves and sometimes with the friends and family who knew them best. Episodes available now feature Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon, Tim McIlrath from Rise Against and Rosanna Goodman, daughter of singer-songwriter Steve Goodman. The podcast – which features commentary by an ALPLM historian and educator and interviews conducted by a variety of music fans – is available at www.MusicFromIllinois.com and on services such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.