AC/DC fans from around the world will converge on Kirriemuir for the Bon Fest 2013 weekend from Friday, May 3.
Bon Scott is an example of the wealth and diversity of the burgh’s talent and Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum is celebrating this giant of rock music with new objects in the permanent display: ‘Bon Scott – rock legend son of Kirriemuir’.
There have been numerous famous men and women associated with Kirriemuir, and the town has been the birthplace or home of many celebrated artists, in particular writers and musicians, and this is a tradition which continues to this day.
However, few are as well known throughout the world as Bon. What is not as obvious is that his interest in music could be said to reach back to his birthplace and his father’s involvement in traditional music in the town.
Ronald Belford ‘Bon’ Scott was born on July 9, 1946. Bon’s family lived in Kirriemuir and Bon’s father Charles Scott worked in the family bakery in Bank Street. Mr Scott was also in the local pipe band.
In 1952, when Ronald was six years old, the family emigrated to Australia, where ‘Bon’ as he was soon nicknamed, grew up.
The rest of his life is well known. He first joined pop-rock band, The Spektors and later played with The Valentines but it was with a young rock band from Sydney, led by two fellow Scots, Angus and Malcolm Young that he found fame.
AC/DC were to become one of the most famous rock groups in the world and it is a testament to their success that the recently released DVD; ‘Family Jewels’ (described as a definitive history of the band) has been hugely successful.
The display at the museum celebrates the career of this notable figure and will feature a host of objects, never displayed before kindly on loan from Neil McDonald, collector and enthusiast.
These include an extremely rare reel-to-reel tape from 1979 of tracks from the then ‘forthcoming’ album ‘Highway To Hell’ which was produced at Basing Street Studios in London.
To promote the continuing legacy of Bon Scott there are also a number Bon related items which have been produced since he died in 1980.