A HIS­TORY OF SCOT­TISH MU­SIC IN 500 OB­JECTS

The New European - - Eurofile -

The Rip It Up ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures

500 items linked to mo­ments or per­son­al­i­ties from Scot­tish mu­si­cal his­tory, in­clud­ing the mack­in­tosh worn by Midge Ure in the video for Ul­travox’s Vi­enna, Lulu’s trouser suit and a pair of black brothel creep­ers be­long­ing to Dou­glas Hart of the Je­sus and Mary Chain.

Gath­er­ing the ob­jects was a chal­lenge for the mu­seum as it had vir­tu­ally no rock and pop mem­o­ra­bilia in its col­lec­tion. Ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor Stephen Allen ex­plained that the first nine months of the 18-month prepa­ra­tion process was a fran­tic at­tempt to gather the ma­te­rial.

One of the high­lights is a Scot­tish foot­ball scarf worn by Bon Scott dur­ing the 1979 AC/DC gig at the Glas­gow Apollo. Cu­ra­tors had ini­tially been after the Scot­land shirt Scott had worn, but a rumour that it was held in an­other mu­seum proved to be a dead end. Un­daunted, as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor Vicky Brown fol­lowed on­line clues and ru­mours and ended up dis­cov­er­ing on Face­book that Scott’s cousin, who still lives in Scot­land, had his scarf. It wasn’t the shirt but it was just as good.

The scarf is a sig­nif­i­cant link back to a key mo­ment of not just mu­si­cal, but sport­ing and so­cial, his­tory, when Scot­land was caught up in the fever that swept the coun­try fol­low­ing the 1978 Ar­gentina World Cup. It is a phys­i­cal con­nec­tion to that time and place, to that bonkers ‘Ally’s Tar­tan Army’ stuff, to Archie Gem­mill’s goal against the Nether­lands.

For the or­gan­is­ers, one of the most sat­is­fy­ing as­pects of hav­ing to hus­tle up an ex­hi­bi­tion this way was that many of the artists got ac­tively in­volved in mak­ing things hap­pen. One of the most en­thu­si­as­tic was the singer Shirley Man­son who started out in the Ed­in­burgh band Good­bye Mr Mackenzie be­fore be­com­ing the lead singer of the arena-fill­ing Garbage. Rather en­dear­ingly she de­liv­ered the stuff for dis­play to the mu­seum store her­self.

Photo: David Co­rio/red­ferns

2 Orange Juice at Re­gent’s Canal, near Cam­den Town, in 1981. From left, Steven Daly, Ed­wyn Collins, James Kirk, David Mcc­ly­mont.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.