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Exhibition "Sound of Freedom! A Story of Estonian Popular Music"

The exhibition of Estonian Theatre and Music Museum is open at the Maarjamäe Stables of the Estonian History Museum. The exhibition tells about the history of pop music 1901–2001 and is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

This popular music exhibition tells the story of Estonian people, culture and primarily the music that became popular between the two world wars. Estonian music is related to the colourful history of the state itself, having survived all the hard and easy times. Pop music was first performed by jazz groups and 78 rpm gramophone records played for dance and entertainment, went through an underground jazz period, promoted the rise of beat music, made its way under the skin of Estonian people through the TV show "Horoscope", was imposed numerous performance bans, and finally regained independence for Estonia.

The exhibition will tell that success story through the viewpoints of key persons, groups, composers and events that together make up the Hall of Fame of Estonian Music, the aim of which is to preserve the cultural heritage of our pop music for the future generations.

The exhibits include Estonia's first record from the year 1901; Raimond Valgre's accordion; Estonia's first synthesizer Varioola; Emil Laansoo's guitar; Tõnis Mägi's, Anne Veski's, and Marju Länik's costumes; Valter Ojakäär's saxophone; Toomas Hendrik Ilves's leather jacket and much more exciting.

Exhibition: Risto Lehiste, leader of the Estonian Music Hall of Fame
Designers: Marko Ausma, Ott Kangur, Mauno Meesit, Henrik Metstak
Producer, installer: Ott Kangur, Redel Disain LLC

The supporters of the Estonian Music Hall of Fame project and exhibition are the
State Chancellery's Estonia 100 organizers, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Performers Association and Estonian Authors' Society.

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