22 June to 25 November 2018
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
National Museums Scotland and BBC Scotland are coming together to tell the story of Scottish pop music in a major collaborative project that will explore the musical culture of a nation over more than half a century.
Spanning a period from the 1950s to the present day, Rip it Up will take in diverse movements from dancehall to the emergence of pop in an explosion of colour in the 60s, through the 70s and New Wave, exploring influential record labels like Postcard, Fast Product and Chemikal Underground, and from global stars right up to today’s outstanding newcomers.
A major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland next summer will feature clothes, photographs, instruments, memorabilia, props, film and, of course, music as well as interviews and archive footage collated in partnership with BBC Scotland. Among the wide-ranging artists and bands to be featured in the exhibition will be Lonnie Donegan, Gerry Rafferty, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Lulu, The Rezillos, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, Garbage, Franz Ferdinand and Young Fathers. A three-part BBC TV series along with digital and radio content will bring another dimension to the story through the voices of those who made the music, those who witnessed it from behind the scenes, and the fans who lived for it. BBC Radio Scotland’s content will include a 4 part series, presented by Vic Galloway, that will complement the television series.
Midge Ure, who is lending items to the exhibition including material related to both Live Aid and hit single ‘Vienna’, said:
“For its size, Scotland really punches above its weight in terms of the global artists it has produced. With the recent interest in museum exhibitions like the ones about David Bowie and Pink Floyd, I think it’s right that Scotland should showcase its own achievements like this. Although, I never thought I’d see that day that I’d become a museum exhibit myself.”
Shirley Manson, who is lending material including clothes, awards and magazines from her time as lead singer with both Garbage and Goodbye Mr Mackenzie said:
“I’m exceedingly grateful to the National Museum of Scotland for envisioning the idea for “Rip it Up” and in doing so, recognising the depth and influence of Scottish artists and their music. Scotland has long deserved an examination of its rich musical heritage, the effects of which can be heard all over our globe today.
“While music is universal, and Garbage are an international band, being Scottish is a large part of who I am and has had a huge bearing on my work and our career. I’m honoured to be included in the exhibition alongside my peers and many of the artists who influenced and moulded my own musical identity. I must admit that I’m actually very much looking forward to seeing the exhibition myself.”
Stephen Allen, Exhibition Curator said:
“Popular music is a shared experience, and a really important one in many people’s lives. Whether it’s a gig that a teenager went to a week ago or forty years ago or a song they hear for the first time, a lot of the underlying emotions and reactions are the same. We want the exhibition to capture and reflect that in the atmosphere and the experience, to look at it from both a Scottish and wider perspective and, crucially, to put the music and the people who made it centre-stage. I’m sure it’ll generate a huge amount of lively debate and discussion.”
David Harron, Commissioning Executive at BBC Scotland, said:
“This is a significant multi-platform commission for BBC Scotland and we are delighted to be working on it in partnership with National Museums Scotland. In addition to the landmark TV series of three one hour episodes we’ll also have compelling content on BBC Radio Scotland and on our digital platforms. It’ll be an exciting journey for our audiences through the fantastic story of Scottish pop, from its roots to the present day."
Alongside the exhibition and BBC Scotland’s content on television, radio and online there will be a book and a wide-ranging programme of events, including live performances, talks and discussions.
Both the exhibition and the National Museums Scotland programme of events are sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers.
Further information on exhibition and images from: Bruce Blacklaw, National Museums Scotland Press Office, tel 0131 247 4165, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on BBC Scotland from: Jim Gough, BBC Scotland Press Office, tel 0141 422 6376, email email@example.com.