Wednesday the 2nd of March saw Glasgow Kelvin College HN Music Business students accompany their lecturer and Bluebells vocalist, Ken McCluskey, to the opening of a brand new Glasgow Life record shop display and exhibition, at the recently re- opened Riverside Museum.
The new exhibition ‘Spinning Around – Glasgow’s Remarkable Record Shops’, the Museum’s first since 2019, hosts exhibits from 60 Scottish bands and artists such as Texas, Deacon Blue, Franz Ferdinand and Simple Minds, and is a celebration of the some 130 record shops which thrived in Glasgow during the 1980s and 90s and were a hub for discovering music. The exhibition was opened by the ever-popular The Bluebells.
Famous for their hits ‘Young at Heart’ and ‘I’m Falling’ The Bluebells were founded in the 1980s by lead guitarist Robert Hodgens and brothers David McCluskey and our very own Ken McCluskey. Along with many other bands they have donated and loaned items, including Gold Discs and club leaflets/posters, to the exhibition.
The students got the opportunity to look round the 134 objects, housed in the former 1950s Pawn Shop, and saw the variety of different music memorabilia pieces, as well as interact with digital exhibits, such as an interactive record rack. They also enjoyed a very interesting talk from the curator Neil Johnston- Symington.
The HN Music Business students are, as part of Glasgow Kelvin College, involved in the first student-run record label in Scotland, Electric Honey, which this year celebrates 30years in the music scene. Its successes down the years include names such as Belle & Sebastian, Biffy Clyro and Pronto Mama.
The exhibition is a great retrospective on Scotland’s thriving music scene and a must-see for all music fans down the years.