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AC/DC Exhibition To Open at Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum

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An exhibition of AC/DC artifacts called ‘AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels’ opens Saturday (April 28) at Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. The collection, developed in association with AC/DC, made its debut at Arts Centre Melbourne in Australia in the fall of 2009.

There are more 400 items in the exhibition, including photos, instruments, gig posters, letters, lyrics and costumes. Some of the costumes include an Angus Young schoolboy outfit and his home-sewn 1975 ‘Super Ang’ costume that includes a gold and red satin cape. A black leather jacket worn by the band’s late singer Bon Scott is also part of the collection.

The museum has several events planned to celebrate the opening of ‘AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels,’ which will be the only North American stop of the exhibition’s tour. There is a kickoff party Friday night, featuring the all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles. Saturday afternoon at 1PM, author Anthony Bozza will discuss the band and his book ‘Why AC/DC Matters.’

Tim Fisher of the Arts Center Melbourne is the curator of the exhibit, and began traveling the world a few years ago gathering AC/DC memorabilia. In an interview with the Seattle Times, Fisher said when they started thinking about a rock ‘n’ roll exhibition, there was only one choice. “Because AC/DC holds this really quite important place in Australian culture, even though they were all kind of immigrant kids (from Scotland) who grew up here and then pretty much left. But we still hold them dear as an Australian product.”

‘AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels’ will be on display at EMP Museum through Sept. 29.

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