EMP’s new AC/DC exhibit shoots to thrill

EMP’s new AC/DC exhibit shoots to thrill
Angus Young performing ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ on the floor of the Hard Rock Café, Melbourne, May 1975. (Photo by Andrew Wittner)

This month, the EMP will unveil an exhibit that salutes those about to rock.

AC/DC: Australia's Family Jewels will feature more than 400 artifacts highlighting the long, turbulent career of the hard rocking Aussie band. EMP is only North American venue to host the exhibit, so catch it while you can.

“The exhibit is awesome,” said EMP Media and Communications Manager Anita Woo. “Fans will obviously love it, but everyone will recognize the music. The band is such dynamic performers.”

Developed and presented by the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Western Australian Museum in association with AC/DC, Albert Music, and Sony Music, Family Jewels is the first and only exhibition to bring to life the history, creativity, and power of one of the world's greatest rock bands.

The band has had a long history, beginning when they formed in 1973 as a hardcore alternative to disco. Amidst band member changes (including the death of former lead singer Bon Scott) and hard partying, the band remained true its signature sound and maintained a strong fan base because of it.

Woo says many people don’t realize just how influential and popular the band is. “They are one of the highest grossing bands ever,” she said.

Family Jewels will give fans rare insight into the history of the band with photos, instruments, 35 years of gig posters from shows staged around the world, letters, lyrics, and costumes. Fans will also have the opportunity to see an extremely rare Angus Young schoolboy outfit and his 1975 home sewn 'Super Ang' costume, complete with gold and red satin cape.

Woo said the exhibit will also feature many personal items from the band, including hand-written lyrics and a letter former front man Bon Scott wrote to his wife while touring.

“It’s going to present a pretty broad perspective,” Woo said.

Upcoming events:

Don’t miss EMP’s opening party for AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels on April 27. The party will feature Seattle’s Hell’s Belles—a live, all-female, Angus Young approved AC/DC extravaganza that promises to deliver one of the world’s hardest rocking bands in sound and spirit. Admission to the concert includes EMP gallery access. $10 EMP Members, $20 General Admission. Doors at 8 p.m. All Ages, Bar with ID

On April 28, bestselling author Anthony Bozza will join EMP Museum Director of Curatorial Affairs Jasen Emmons in a discussion about his book Why AC/DC Matters. Signing to follow. Former Rolling Stone staff writer and editor, Bozza is the bestselling author of numerous books, including autobiographies of Slash and Tommy Lee, and is the co-founder of the Igniter Literary Group, an imprint of Harper Collins. Bozza is currently co-writing the autobiography of Haitien musician, record producer, and politician Wyclef Jean. $5 EMP Museum members; $8 General Admission.