'AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels' Exhibition Opens Next Month In Melbourne

"AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels" a collection of memorabilia from the band and their record company, will open next month in Mebourne, Australia at The Arts Centre.

"AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels" celebrates the history, music, performance and creativity of one of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll bands.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide since 1975 and continue to perform and record to great acclaim, ranking highly on all popular surveys of great rock 'n' roll acts. Half way through their current world tour, AC/DC have already played to over 1.7 million fans in North America and Europe.

"AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels" will augment the Arts Centre's existing AC/DC collection and borrow material from the band themselves, the Albert Music archives and many fans and private collectors. The exhibition will include important costumes, instruments, stage props, photographs and rare hand-written material such as letters, notebooks and lyrics. There will also be extensive moving image and sound material such as interviews, video clips and rarely seen performance footage, as well as published tour ephemera including exceptional early concert posters, programs, backstage passes and AC/DC collectibles.

Exhibition Curator Tim Fisher says: "There is little doubt that after 35 years on the world stage AC/DC are by far Australia's most successful and influential performing artists. 'AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels' seeks to link the material history of the band to the experience of their music. The exhibition will also try to convey — both through exhibited material and an interactive online initiative — the place that AC/DC holds for their devoted fans."

"AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels" is part of the Arts Centre's Icon exhibition series; a major annual exhibition that celebrates the careers of Australia's most internationally recognised performing artists. Since the inaugural exhibition in 2005, the Icon exhibition series has been an outstanding success, attracting over 1.5 million visitors to the Arts Centre. The Icon exhibitions are a unique and groundbreaking form of performing arts exhibition, for which the Arts Centre has a national and international reputation.

"AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels", at the Arts Centre, Gallery 1 runs from November 7, 2009 until February 28, 2010.

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