Anyone interested in the story of Scottish pop music (and its influences) may find RIP IT UP – THE STORY OF SCOTTISH POP at the National Museum of Scotland more than just a trifle interesting!

This fascinating and insightful exhibition takes the visitor on a musical journey from the 1950’s to the present day. RIP IT UP is the first major exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music, exploring the musical culture of the nation over more than half a century, from influential indie pioneers to global superstars.

Featured artists and bands include Lonnie Donegan, Gerry Rafferty, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Lulu, The Rezillos, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, The Skids, Big Country, Annie Lennox/Eurythmics, Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Jesus and The Mary Chain, Garbage, Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers, Nazareth, Bay City Rollers, The Proclaimers, and many more. Other interesting info includes facts (and objects) connected to indie record labels such as Glasgow’s Postcard Records. 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. Watch out for Annie Lennox’s iconic tartan suit, Lulu’s stage outfits and Midge Ure’s trench coat which he wore in his 1980 Ultravox video ‘Vienna’. In the museum’s foyer t-shirts, badges, coasters, bags, stickers and other related ‘memorabilia’ can be purchased though it must be said the merchandise seems somewhat overprized!

Throughout the event a programme of musical performances will go hand in hand with the exhibition and allow those interested to experience Scottish pop music through live gigs, talks and discussions hosted at the National Museum, as well as other associated events taking place across Edinburgh.

A three-part BBC-TV series recently screened as a tie-in along with digital and radio content, with plenty of archive footage and interviews.

RIP IT UP – THE STORY OF SCOTTISH POP runs from 22nd June to 25th Nov 2018 at:

National Museum Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Exhibition opening times: 10:00 - 17:00 – £9.00 (Child (12-15) £6) (Under 12s Free)