AC/DC - Scotland's Family Jewels
AC/DC: Scotland's Family Jewels, is now into the last few weeks at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow, before it moves on to the United States as part of its world tour.
What's more Kelvingrove is the only European stop on the tour, so if you don't see it by 12 February then you will miss out completely.
The exhibition is packed with over 400 items, including photographs, instruments, over 35 years of gig posters from shows staged around the world, programmes and show tickets, letters and lyrics, personal memorabilia and costumes. The extremely rare costumes include one of Angus Young’s schoolboy outfits and the home sewn ‘Super Ang’ costume, complete with gold and red satin cape dating from 1975. Also on display are Bon Scott’s own Highway to Hell sweatshirt and his last leather jacket.
Interspersed throughout the exhibition are screens and projections showing over three hours of ‘live’ footage, video clips and interviews, all charting the history of AC/DC. Starting with the iconic clip of the band playing It’s a Long Way to the Top on the back of a flat bed truck while driving down Swanston Street, Melbourne in 1976, and ending with the ‘main stage’ screen showing footage from AC/DC’s iconic ‘Monsters of Rock’ shows at Castle Donington.
There's rare live footage of the band in action on a giant screen and you can have a go at your ultimate guitar riff on a fantastic interactive display.
The exhibition also highlights the band's strong connections with Glasgow and Scotland - the Young brothers were born and spent the first few years of their lives in Glasgow, while original lead singer, Bon Scott was born in Kirriemuir. Both families emigrated to Australia while the boys were young and so the AC/DC story began...
You can read the full story about how the exhibition came about at the original website,
Tickets are just £2/£1.50 and you can get them a few ways:
- 'We luv AC/DC', publicity photograph for Albert Productions, Sydney 1975. Photograph by Philip Morris. Courtesy of Albert Music Archives.
- Angus Young performing 'Baby please don't go' on floor of Hard Rock Cafe, Melbourne, May 1975. Photograph copyright Andrew Wittner.
- AC/DC, 1976. Adelaide Poster Company, published in association with Evans Gudinski and Associates. Performing Arts Collection, the Arts Centre. (filename: ACDC 1976-APC)