While the Museum's doors are closed temporarily, our mission endures. Our archives are filled with pieces that embody and inform that mission, and we hope you'll explore and engage here as we prepare to do so in person again.
Each week, we're sharing stories and songs pulled from the Museum archives that illustrate a theme meant to show music's power.
This Week's Theme:
Known as the “Poet of the Common Man,” Haggard set his truth to melody, singing about a life that took him from a boxcar in Oildale, California, to San Quentin Prison, and finally to a place as one of American music’s most prolific and important songwriters. Below, we're sharing footage of Haggard, along with other videos from our archives that exemplify truth—lyrical honesty, musical purity, and unvarnished expression.