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AC/DC Exhibit Opens at The Experience Music Project

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The music of AC/DC is not to be disregarded. It’s as pure rock & roll as there’s ever been, and right now you can immerse yourself in AC/DC history at the Experience Music Project. Like everything at the EMP, there are things to look at, things to touch, things for listening and things for watching. If you could eat music they’d figure that out also, but for now it’s just most senses.

AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels is the new exhibit at the EMP. It’s open to the public as of today, April 28th. Tim Fisher, the curator of the exhibit, brought the artifacts, letters, and memorabilia from Australia.

From the Exhibit’s homepage:

I first saw Acca Dacca in 1975 at the Canberra Theatre, it was as hot and as loud as hell, and I couldn’t hear anything much for about a week afterwards. Back then, aged sixteen, I didn’t know much better, I didn’t have any money and certainly wasn’t buying Pink Floyd or Eagle’s albums. Live, loud, home grown rock ‘n’ roll was the only thing that grabbed me in the guts and wouldn’t let go. For my mates and I, as we played air guitar to Angus’s wild leads, it was AC/DC – rock ‘n’ roll by us, about us and for us. There were no messages, no concepts; we just wanted to have a good time. I now know that this was the same for many other people.

The exhibit starts with a proper chronology with childhood photos of the future rock stars. It shows members of the band’s immigration to Australia from Scotland, how they met in temporary housing, and their first forays into music. There’s their first hit single: ‘Friday on my Mind’ from when they were The Easy Beats. You turn the corner and all of a sudden you’re awash in things from the AC/DC you know and love.

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There are stunning photos throughout the exhibit. They aren’t giant reproductions. They’re the same size that they were originally. You have to get close. Tim Fisher wanted to be faithful to the history. What you see is how it was. That’s the idea. Come see the history of this iconic band that, according to Fisher, “broke the back of punk in London.”

Throughout the exhibit there are opportunities to listen to music, and it’s always relevant to the section of the exhibit you are currently exploring. Angus Young’s schoolboy uniform, posters, guitars, backstage passes – all of these things were either donated by the band or exist in private collections. Right now at the EMP all of these things are together, along with letters written by the band, a place to write the band a note and stick it in their pocket, and of course loud rock & roll.