Don't You Forget About Me
Celebrating Scottish Rock and Pop
4 March - 25 September 2022
We're looking north for the inspiration behind our new exhibition, celebrating the massive contribution to British Rock and Pop made by Scottish artists. The exhibition features iconic pieces from bands and artists who have helped shape the global music landscape over more than 60 years.
The collection includes the Burberry coat worn by Midge Ure in the classic Ultravox pop video for Vienna, as well as the Tom Ford leather `Elvis’ outfit designed for Texas lead singer Sharleen Spiteri and the Issey Miyake coat worn by Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil. Instruments loaned for the exhibition include Cream legend Jack Bruce’s Aria bass guitar, and a Fender Stratocaster used by Big Country frontman and Skids guitarist Stuart Adamson, as well as an Ibanez acoustic guitar played by John McGeoch, once of Magazine and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
There are also many other fascinating artefacts with significant contributions from artists such as Runrig, Primal Scream, Fish, Clare Grogan, Eddi Reader and the Bay City Rollers which include other iconic outfits, awards and pop culture gems.
Harvey Goldsmith CBE and Chair of the Trustees of the British Music Experience said “We are delighted to be hosting Don’t You Forget About Me at the British Music Experience. It’s undeniable there have been monumental talents out of Scotland each year and the Museum is here to learn about and celebrate that talent, reminisce, and explore some of the unique bands and artists. The talent from Scotland is a vital part of the proud export of UK music which dominates the world.”
Head of UNESCO City of Liverpool, Kevin McManus, commented “It’s great that BME are showcasing the best of Scottish music through Don’t You Forget About Me. There is musical talent all over Scotland, but Liverpool has strong links with Glasgow in particular- another maritime city that has consistently proved itself to be a musical powerhouse over the last 50 years. Indeed, both Liverpool and Glasgow are proud holders of the UNESCO City of Music designation, further linking and making us even closer musical allies.”
The exhibition will be supported throughout its stay at the British Music Experience by a series of events including film screenings, performances, album playbacks and talks as well as some hard-to-find band merch and bespoke artwork celebrating Scottish talent.
Ronnie Gurr, who has co-curated the exhibition and worked with countless Scottish artists during his lengthy career in the music industry, commented, "I was honoured when the BME invited me to pull together a smaller but equally beautiful reboot of the exhibition I had previously curated for the National Museum of Scotland called Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop and to re-acquire some of the key artefacts from artists who have played their part in Scotland’s brilliant musical history. I have previously been described by the Scottish media as “the Indiana Jones of Scottish music” and, as such, it was another labour of love, a glorious adventure and a renewed quest to track down the treasures that you’ll see in Don’t You Forget About Me - or, as it might be called...Caledonia and The Pool of Life.”
Don’t You Forget About Me runs until 25 September 2022. Entry is included in the price of admission. All tickets purchased are valid for 12 months and each eligible visitor has the opportunity to support the Museum by Gift Aiding the cost of admission.