Experts and music industry figures look back at the key moments in the story of Scottish pop and discuss the tracks and bands they can’t live without.

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Thu 27 Sept

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Fay Fife, Clare Grogan and Richard Jobson in conversation with Vic Galloway

Fay Fife is vocalist with The Rezillos, a punk/new wave band formed in Edinburgh in 1976.

Singer and Actress Clare Grogan is lead singer with Altered Images. She was one of the stars of the 1981 BAFTA winning Film Gregory’s Girl.

Richard Jobson was lead singer with Skids, a Scottish punk rock and new wave band, formed in Dunfermline in 1977.

Vic Galloway is a radio and TV broadcaster with over 19 years of experience for BBC Radio 1, BBC Scotland and BBC 6Music. He is also a musician, journalist and author of Songs in the Key of Fife and Rip It Up - The Story of Scottish Pop  - the official book in association with the National Museum of Scotland.

Thu 18 Oct

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Barbara Dickson, Mike Heron and Rab Noakes in conversation with Nicola Meighan

A multi-million selling recording artist and Olivier Award winning actress, Barbara Dickson OBE has established herself as one of the most enduring and popular artistes in Britain today.

Mike Heron is a Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work in psychedelic folk group, The Incredible String Band in the 1960s and 1970s.

Rab Noakes is a songwriter-performer, whose first fully-professional engagements were in 1967. Fifty-plus years, and more than 20 albums later, he remains a vital and acclaimed artist from Scotland. 

Nicola Meighan is a music journalist and broadcaster who regularly writes for The Herald and presents music and arts shows on BBC Radio Scotland.

 Thu 1 Nov

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Pete Irvine, Sylvia Patterson and Emma Pollock in conversation with Nicola Meighan

Pete Irvine is the founding Director of Unique Events who have created and produced Edinburgh’s Hogmanay since its inception and who have been responsible for most of the major public events in Scotland since Glasgow’s European City of Culture celebrations in 1990.

Journalist Sylvia Patterson was Staff Writer at Smash Hits during the 1980s. She is the author of the 2016 Costa Biography Award-nominated I’m Not With the Band.  

Emma Pollock is a Scottish singer-songwriter, musician, and a founding member of the band The Delgados, record company Chemikal Underground and recording studio Chem19

Nicola Meighan is a music journalist and broadcaster who regularly writes for The Herald and presents music and arts shows on BBC Radio Scotland.

Past Events

Thu 28 June

Bruce Findlay and Ian Rankin in conversation with Vic Galloway


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  • Header image: Detail of purple and yellow dress belonging to Fay Fife of the Rezillos.
  • Image of Barbara Dickson by Brian Aris. 
  • Image of Emma Pollock by Jannica Honey. 
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Rip It Up
The Story of Scottish Pop

Discover the story of Scottish pop music at the National Museum of Scotland as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day.
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Rip It Up playlists

To get you in the mood for Rip It Up, we're sharing playlists of music inspired by the exhibition's themes, from Scottish pop classics to the tracks that mean the most to the people involved in creating the exhibition.
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Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop by Vic Galloway
You've seen the exhibition – now read the book!

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Rip It Up charges through the astonishing story of Scottish pop and rock music from the 1950s to the present day, from Lonnie Donegan to Calvin Harris.
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Rip It Up associated events

As well as a host of live performances, talks and discussions hosted at the National Museum of Scotland, an exciting programme of associated events will be taking place across Edinburgh during the exhibition run.
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Rip It Up events
Join us for an eventful programme of talks and live music

From live music to key note sessions to kids' craft, join us for an eventful programme to accompany our Scottish pop exhibition.
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Rip It Up blog posts
Go behind the scenes at our major summer exhibition

Discover what's happening behind the scenes of our major summer exhibition for 2018, Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop
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Future Features

Future Features is a campaign created by students from Edinburgh Napier University to celebrate the Rip It Up exhibition.
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Event information

When

27 Sep - 1 Nov 2018
19:30 – 21:00

Where

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh - Auditorium. Entry via Lothian Street.

How much

£10, £8 Members & Conc.

Booking information

Doors open 18:45 for a complimentary drink.

This event is age 14+ but please note, alcohol will be being served and our staff will be operating a Challenge 25 policy.

Booking essential. Call 0300 123 6789 to book your place or book online.

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