Vic galloway rip it up
Rip It Up by Vic Galloway
THE BEST OF SCOTTISH BOOKS
A new exhibition documents it. I find it hard to say, to be honest. You could start with Lonnie Donegan in the s and Lulu, Marmalade the first Scottish group to have a number one hit, albeit with a Beatles cover , and folkies The Incredible String Band and Donovan in the s. Returning to the question of what links Scottish pop, Galloway gives it another go — this time from a cultural perspective. Scots like to cut loose and have a dance, have a party. Yet, much like other stars of the time such as Edwyn Collins, she ended up making her way to London to continue working. The Scottish roots of successful bands were part of what made them inspiring, however.
It can reflect or represent a specific time in our lives, success or failure, hardship or joy, heartbreak or true love. Rip it up: The story of Scottish pop is the book accompanying the exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland from 22 June to 25 November It explores the influential musical culture of Scotland over more than half a century, from Lonnie Donegan to Calvin Harris. Recorded music has only existed for the relatively short period of about years, and the gramophone disc for even less. Folk today have lived their entire lives surrounded by recorded music in one shape or form. As we enter a new era when almost all music ever recorded can be digitally streamed via the internet — as simple as turning on a water tap — it is interesting to look at our relationship with the physical artefacts themselves and the ways in which we acquire our music.
Vic Galloway celebrates the story of Scotland's pop music. Vic Galloway celebrates the story of Scottish pop music to mark the opening of a new exhibit at The National Museum of Scotland. This week Vic brings together some of the stories of Scotland's pure pop acts that have made an impact across the world. You'll also hear from Lulu and Annie Lennox as they reflect on Scotland and how it's shaped them and their music. See all episodes from The Story of Scottish Pop.
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With a wide range of exhibits, memorabilia and video footage, I highly recommend anyone with an interest attend, but make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to take it all in. To accompany the exhibition Vic Galloway has written a book of the same name , and there is surely no one better placed to do so. This is his world and he wants to share it with you. As the story unfolds it becomes increasingly complex, with more bands, records and genres to consider, but Galloway manages to make connections which maintain a coherent narrative. Imagine an extensive family tree of Scottish music and you have some idea as to how that works, with branches shooting off in unexpected directions. But, despite what you may expect, this is no mere exercise in nostalgia. It never feels like a history lesson, more a conversation with a fellow fan who just happens to know the stories behind the music.
There is no getting away from Scottish pop this summer, and to be honest why would you want to?! And for those that are here for the Fringe this month and are wondering what else to do in Edinburgh, it is on our recommends list. For a mere ten pounds you can be guided through the history of Scottish pop music from the fifties through to the present day, a total bargain. Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland presenter, was commissioned to write the book which accompanies the exhibition and was more than glad to be asked to speak about this with The Fountain. TF: You have condensed the history of Scottish music into a beautifully compiled book, awash with great photos and your words, now that must have been a task and a half? It certainly was a task and a half.