THE brainchild behind plans to create a rock’n’roll museum and music hall of fame in Glasgow is from Bearsden.
Ewan MacLeod went to Baljaffray Primary School and Bearsden Academy and still lives near Bearsden Cross.
He cut his teeth in the world of journalism when he was a teenager at The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald.
At the age of 16 he did work experience at the paper which included writing a music column called Pop Pourri.
He said: “My stint at M & B Herald enabled me to build up some excellent music contacts. It was a fantastic experience and the editor at the time, Alistair Blyth, was very encouraging.
“Later on in my career I got a job writing a music column for the Sunday Mail and I was able to hit the ground running thanks to learning so much at the local newspaper.”
Ewan (39) now has an impressive CV which includes working in London as a talent scout for some big names in the music industry, starting up the Beat 106 radio station on which he was a DJ and was later sold for millions of pounds to Capital Radio, now XFM Scotland.
He also set up the record label Influx music, presented Scotland’s longest running music TV show Chart Bite on STV and has written, produced and presented a variety of other TV shows, including BB1’s movie review show and Channel 4’s Young Persons Guide to Being a Rock Star.
But his latest venture to establish Scotland’s very own music hall of fame is what really excites him.
It has taken more than two years to plan the ambitious project which will cost £6million and hopefully be located at Scotway House, the former planning office of Clyde Port Authority, next to the new transport museum on the banks of the River Clyde.
The proposed attraction would showcase the best homegrown talent and nurture future rock stars with images of artists popping up using state-of-the-art 4D laser technology. It would also offer an extensive music education programme for visitors to have the chance to perform and record.
Ewan said: “We are trying to create the ultimate rock’n’roll fantasy. When you used to stand in front of your full-length mirror in your bedroom with your tennis racket pretending to be your idol, we want to recreate that. When we started out with this the technology didn’t exist, now it does.”
A £50,000 feasibility study is due for completion in July.