The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois


April 30, 2021 - January 23, 2022

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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 one-of-a-kind exhibit showcases 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.

Produced by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and hosted in the 3,000-square-foot Illinois Gallery.



Featured Artifact

Artifact of the Week

This week's artifact from the State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois exhibit

Digital Turntable Owned by Derrick Carter


This CDJ-1000 digital turntable is owned by musician, producer, and DJ Derrick Carter. An international superstar and master of underground House keyboards, Carter grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. Over the last thirty years, he has been a sought-after global remixer for top artists  including Fine Young Cannibals.

Courtesy of Derrick Carter


The State of Sound Podcast

A production of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

A companion series to the blockbuster exhibit, The State of Sound, a World of Music from Illinois.

This bi-weekly podcast series dives deep into the stories behind the stories of the exhibit “The State of Sound” - with newly taped interviews from key players, artists, families, authors as well as historical perspectives. The music from Illinois has inspired the soundtrack of our lives, hear the stories about the music creators and the artifacts in the exhibit - check back here every other week for new episodes.

Episode 1

Exhibit Director Lance Tawzer interviews Tim McIlrath, the singer and guitarist from the punk powerhouse band, Rise Against.

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Episode 2

ALPLM’s Joe Crain interviews REO Speedwagon’s lead singer and songwriter, Kevin Cronin.

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Episode 3

State of Sound writer, Dave Hoekstra interviews Rosanna Goodman, the daughter of folk legend Steve Goodman

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Episode 4

ALPLM's Reggie Guyton interviews Gospel journalist and historian Robert Marovich

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The State of Sound Playlist

Listen to our curated playlists of the music from Illinois on Spotify.

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