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New AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix Exhibits to Open at Experience Music Project

Plus: Learn the history of the leather jacket.

By Brian Colella January 24, 2012

Photo courtesy: VARA (Beeld en Geluidwiki – Gallery: Fanclub), via Wikimedia Commons

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EMP released a schedule of four new exhibitions slated for 2012, including a collection of Jimi Hendrix paraphernalia focusing on the artist’s time in London, where the Jimi Hendrix Experience was born and where Hendrix died in 1970. Among the items: previously unseen artifacts from drummer Mitch Mitchell’s estate.

Here’s the full lineup:

AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels
Apr 28–Sep 24, 2012
The touring exhibit makes its only stop in North America, presenting more than 400 items—including guitars, promotional posters, Angus Young’s schoolboy costume, and Bon Scott’s Highway to Hell sweatshirt—from the Aussie band’s nearly four decades in rock and roll.

Icons of Science Fiction
June 9–Ongoing
Coinciding with the reopening of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, EMP hosts some of sci-fi’s best known props and costumes from film and TV: an Imperial Dalek from Doctor Who, Captain Kirk’s chair, and Yoda’s cane, among others.

Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket
Oct 20, 2012–Jan 20, 2013
Follow the leather jacket as it transcends its utilitarian beginnings and becomes an emblem of badassness. The leather on display includes outfits belonging to Elvis, and couture by Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace.

Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London
Nov 17, 2012–Ongoing
The home of the world’s largest Hendrix collection celebrates what would have been the guitarist’s 70th birthday, and the 45th anniversary of the infamous performance at the Monterey Pop Festival that ended with Hendrix igniting his guitar and smashing it to bits.

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