Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

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

Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

About Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

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From the days of the dancehalls to the emergence of pop in an explosion of colour in the 60s, through the 70s and New Wave, the exhibition will feature global stars and independent local heroes from pop's early days right up to today’s outstanding newcomers.

Artists and bands to be featured include Lonnie Donegan, Gerry Rafferty, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Lulu, The Rezillos, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, Garbage, Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers, and many more. 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.

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.

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3

Members: free
Adult: £10
Concession:* £8
Child (12–15): £7 (under 12s free)
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount

Image: Midge Ure, with items he is lending to the exhibition, including material related to Live Aid and his hit single ‘Vienna’. Photo © Neil Hanna.

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