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AC/DC Factor

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. 

AC/DC Banner at KelvingroveAround 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.

– B

Glasgow – people make the place

The Why

I arrived in Glasgow two-and-a-half years ago with my two young sons.   I moved at the request of my husband, a West of Scotland man yearning to go home.  I’m originally from England, to say I came kicking and screaming would not be far off the mark. 

I knew if we were going to live in Scotland it would be in Glasgow; you can’t take a West of Scotland man and stick him in Edinburgh. What would be the point?   But people in England didn’t quite get it – on hearing I was moving to Scotland they’d reassure me that they had friends who’d moved to Edinburgh and never looked back. 

Magical floating heads of Kelvingrove Museum

When I told them I was moving to Glasgow there was a silence – a look of fear would flash across their faces and then the fixed smile would appear.  Of course none of these people had actually been to Glasgow.

Rescued in the rain

My first visit to Glasgow involved my husband dropping me and the boys off at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum while he went for his job interview.  We arrived to find it was shut due to industrial action.  We were stuck in the pouring rain, god knows where and my husband wasn’t answering his phone.

I asked an old man at the bus stop where the nearest cinema was, he suggested Cineworld on Renfrew Street and directed us towards the bus he was getting on.  As I went to pay I realised I had no change.  From his small purse the old man promptly paid for us to go into town; he refused to take any money from me.  We got off the bus and he walked us to the cinema that was when I discovered one of the most wonderful things about Glasgow… the people.

Get ready for your first tip!

Check us out on Friday to get your falafel fix on!

– B