Rip It Up! at the National Museum of Scotland

Rip It Up! at the National Museum of Scotland

Friday 22 June to Sunday 25 November

The National Museum of Scotland in association with BBC Scotland presents Rip It Up, the definitive story of Scottish popular music. The exhibition and accompanying TV documentary series and radio features will tell the story of some of the country's iconic acts and artists and tell the story of Scottish music from the dancehalls to the emergence of pop in the 1960s, New Wave in the 1970s, and the outstanding newcomers of today.

The exhibition will be brought to life through original stage outfits and instruments, many loaned by the artists themselves, plus memorabilia, props, film and, of course, music. Artists and bands to be featured include Lonnie Donegan, Gerry Rafferty, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Lulu, The Rezillos, Midge UreEurythmics, Simple Minds, The ProclaimersGarbage, Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers and, most recently, Biffy Clyro. The exhibition will explore the influence of some of Scotland's best-known labels including Postcard, Fast Product and Chemical Underground and the ground-breaking music they released by indie acts Orange Juice, Scars, The Mekons, Mogwai and Arab Strap.

Midge Ure told The Scotsman, "For a small country we have punched way above our weight when it comes to producing global artists. But I think we’re very good at hiding our lights under a bushel. I think the success of the Bowie and Floyd exhibitions has woken the museum world up a bit to the fact that people want to see this kind of stuff."

"I’m donating the silk coat that I wore to perform at Live Aid. Everyone thought I had lost my marbles wearing it - it’s actually a woman’s coat that I bought in Los Angeles because it was lightweight. The other one is the classic Burberry raincoat I wore in the Vienna video. When I first made any money at all I went to Burberry in London and spent £250 on it."

A series of special live performances and talks will also be held during the six month run of the exhibition and an official book will be produced by Vic Galloway who wil also be presenting the radio series on BBC Scotland. 

Find out more at the Museum mini-site, or on twitter #RipItUp.

Open 22 June to 25 November 2018, 10am to 5pm, Mon-Fri.
Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Mueseum Members (free), Adult (£10), Concession (£8), Children 12-15 (£7), Under 12s (free) National Art Pass holders: 50% discount.

National Museum of Scotland,
Chambers Street,
EH1 1JF.

Images: National Museum of Scotland.