It's that time of year where every penny seems to count, and when there are still gigs to try and get to, films to see and books to buy then having a cheap day out is always a bonus. Well, here is Scots Whay Hae's suggestion for a day of culture round the streets of Glasgow that won't break the bank. It takes in three exhibitions which, as long as you don't mind a walk, will cost you the grand total of two quid, £1.50 for concessions. How, what, why and when for this fiscal miracle? The place to start is the Street Level Gallery at Trongate 103 on Argyle St.
For this is the place to find a terrific exhibition of the photography of Harry Papadopoulous, the man who chronicled the Sound of Young Scotland before going on to become one of the most influential rock photographers of the 1980s. The photographs on show range from ABC to Zeke Manyika with nearly every significant band in between. There are some terrific shots of Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, The Specials, Bryan Ferry, Madness, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and many, many more.
Altered Images were seen by some as too twee for school, but they wrote some of the best pop songs of the day, which considering the competition is really saying something, and in Claire Grogan they had a near perfect front of stage. Strike that, she was perfect. While I head off for a wee lie down here they are with one of their later songs Don't Talk To Me About Love:
Finally, after a brisk walk through town, the AC/DC exhibition is still on at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. This is where you'll have to dig into your pocket, but if you're a fan of the band (am I right to think that's most people?) then it is money well spent and more. Lots of rare memorabilia and personal items, particularly from their early days, lend a fascinating behind the scenes look at this most unassuming of bands as they moved from bar rooms to stadiums. It's a testimony to them that they can make songs that were originally played to a room full of larrikins reach the back seats at Hampden Park as they did last time they were on tour. For full evidence of this there is lots of amazing live footage; from early days on Aussie TV shows, excerpts from their legendary 1978 Glasgow Apollo gig (where they are resplendent in full Scottish footie kit), to the large screen showing highlights from recent tours. For that alone I would have paid my £2.
Here they are in the salad days of the legendary Bon Scott playing Let There Be Rock at the aforementioned Apollo. Let's rock: