The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Sepia Magazine

Open January 19, 2009 - April 12, 2009

The Sepia Magazine Photo Archive - 1948-1983
35 Years of the African-American Experience in Music

As America experienced a growth in consciousness with the civil rights era, Sepia magazine was a clear and steady voice of the African-American community. Often referred to as the equivalent of Life magazine for black Americans, Sepia documented politics, culture and lifestyle. This exhibit showcases over 40 images originally published in Sepia, some not seen since their original publication, of African-American musical figures that shaped not just black culture, but the entire world.

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“We as a band continually look forward, so it’s really fantastic that someone, especially the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are looking backward to recognize the work we’ve done. I’m just really honored that they thought of us.”

- Michael Stipe, lead singer of R.E.M. The band was inducted in 2007