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Mar 15, 2019 

Fullerton Museum Center Opens Two Music Exhibits

Press Release

City of Fullerton

Date:  March 15, 2019
Contact: Stephen Hale, Public Information Coordinator
  (714) 738-6317


Fullerton Museum Center to Launch Two Music Exhibits in May
Building Guitars, Making History: Fender Stories and Custom Beats: The Art of Hip-Hop

FULLERTON, Calif. (March 15, 2019) –– The Fullerton Museum Center will begin display of two exhibits inaugurated with an opening reception on May 4, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The reception for Building Guitars, Making History: Fender Stories and Custom Beats: The Art of Hip-Hop, is free for Museum members and $20 for general admission. Admission thereafter will be free to Museum members, $5 for general admission, $4 for seniors and students and $3 for children. The exhibits will run until August 4, 2019. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Building Guitars, Making History: Fender Stories brings a local element to the Museum’s members. From modest beginnings at his Fullerton radio repair shop, Leo Fender presided over what became the largest musical instrument empire in the world. His electric guitars, amplifiers, and keyboards set the standard for the industry. His ideas formed the basis for the almost limitless possibilities of sound in music that today most people take for granted.
Thousands of people have worked for Fender at factories and offices over the years, producing top quality instruments with the Fender name. This exhibit tells some of those stories from the boots on the ground, Leo’s many employees who toiled to make musical dreams come true.
Custom Beats: The Art of Hip-Hop tells the story of another genre of music. 
For almost 50 years, Hip-Hop has been vital to the expression of urban youth around the world. Beginning as a predominantly African-American youth cultural expression from the streets of New York, Hip-Hop is now an international phenomenon and a multi-billion dollar culture industry. With colorful street art, flashy track suits and fresh sneakers, masters of Hip-Hop express themselves outwardly as well as inwardly- writing poetry and song lyrics reflecting confidence, optimism and struggle.
As a musical genre, Hip-Hop follows in the footsteps of earlier African-American-rooted musical forms such as blues, ragtime, jazz, funk, and disco. But Hip-Hop is more than music: it is a culture and attitude encompassing fashion, graffiti, poetry, deejaying, breakdancing, beatboxing, and emceeing. It is a culture that started in deindustrialized urban America and transformed into the political voice for post-civil-rights African-Americans and youth worldwide.  Custom Beats will investigate the ways Hip-Hop art and culture have permeated our everyday lives to become one of the most influential lifestyles worldwide.
The opening reception will include a live rock band and Hip-Hip DJ, specialty cocktails, refreshments, curators talk and more. Patrons needing special accommodations or for anyone who would like to reserve a ticket, contact the Fullerton Museum Center at 714-738-6545. The Fullerton Museum Center is located at 301 N. Pomona Avenue.

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