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'Rip It Up': A Tour Through Scottish Pop History

Scenes from the National Museum of Scotland's exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music.
Talia Schlanger
Scenes from the National Museum of Scotland's exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music.

When World Cafe went to Edinburgh, Scotland as part of Sense of Place series this past fall, the National Museum of Scotland was showing the first major exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music. The exhibit, which ran until the end of November 2018 was, was chock-full of treasures, some on loan from private collections and some from the artists themselves. There were tartan suits worn by KT Tunstall and Annie Lennox, guitars owned by Gerry Rafferty and The Proclaimers, Shirley Manson's puffy orange coat and Garbage guitar picks, Bay City Rollers' 1976 tour program, jumpsuits worn by The Beta Band and The Rezillos and a whole lot more.

For our visit, we got the best tour guide we could find — Vic Galloway. Galloway's born and raised in Scotland and is a beloved host and DJ for BBC Radio Scotland. He's a veritable encyclopedia of musical knowledge who wrote the book that accompanies this exhibit.

We examined Scotland's role in the birth of indie music and the impact of some of its most famous exports, and we listened to a ton of fun music from Scotland's rich pop canon. Come along for the ride.

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Talia Schlanger hosts World Cafe, which is distributed by NPR and produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. She got her start in broadcasting at the CBC, Canada's national public broadcaster. She hosted CBC Radio 2 Weekend Mornings on radio and was the on-camera host for two seasons of the television series CBC Music: Backstage, as well as several prime-time music TV specials for CBC, including the Quietest Concert Ever: On Fundy's Ocean Floor. Schlanger also guest hosted various flagship shows on CBC Radio One, including As It Happens, Day 6 and Because News. Schlanger also won a Canadian Screen Award as a producer for CBC Music Presents: The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions, a cross-country rock 'n' roll road trip.