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.
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.