My sons have recently started to become interested in music. And from the time they could talk, X Factor has been a viable path to fame. But it’s time to counteract this fabricated notion of music. And so we set off for the AC/DC exhibition at the Kelvingrove.
It seems appropriate that Brian, Malcolm, Angus and the boys are taking up residence in the dark basement – their posters, programmes, album covers and personal letters cover the walls. And yet this vault of memorabilia isn’t dark at all. It’s buzzing with activity – their essence so strong you can almost smell them. My boys are instantly transfixed by interviews and music glaring back from various TV screens, headphones clamped firmly to their ears.
Around us long-haired fans with leather jackets enjoy moments of their own. A tribute wall covered in red messages: “ACDC shared my 40th birthday before I got MS, best day of my life”, “Highway to Glasgow” and “ACDC rock” to name but a few. More than three decades onward, these rockers still evoke such passion from their fans. The difference between legends and fleeting celebrity I suppose.
Music rocking and screaming its way into existence
Mouths ajar my boys watch the screen as AC/DC belts out Highway to Hell from a 10 foot high wall to thousands. The sound blasts out – and there’s nothing contrived here. There is only raw energy, long hair, rangy bodies and passion stomping across the stage. This music comes from people, not produced, styled and groomed but rocking and screaming its way into existence.
We leave the exhibition returning to the reality of the outdoors, eyes blinking in the light. The boys loved it – and so did I. I remember when music meant something to me, and how I lived life through the songs I listened to. I hope my boys will do the same.
Admittedly they aren’t rock fans (yet) but the point is you don’t have to be to appreciate this amazing tribute to a group that have been raising hell and wowing the world for over three decades.
Not to be missed!
And although AC/DC don’t have plans to stop anytime soon – the exhibit eventually will and is around till 12 February 2012. It’s well worth the 2 quid ticket – so make sure you welcome your comrades home – AC/DC were of course formed by the Young brothers, Glasgow-born Australians.