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Tasmania Will Get to Hear Wu-Tang Clan’s Never Heard ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’

A centerpiece of an exhibit at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art

Back in 2021, cryptocurrency collective PleasrDAO bought the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. At the time, the collective promised to make the album more widely available.

Now, in a way, that promise is being kept, as Once Upon a Time in Shaolin will be a centerpiece of an exhibit at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), where select visitors will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear it in person.

From June 15th through 24th, the museum’s Frying Pan Studios will play selections from Once Upon a Time in Shaolin during free, 30-minute listening sessions. They will be offered twice per day as part of the week-long Namedropping exhibition.

“Final thing on the Wu-Tang bucket list, and probably the only chance you’ll ever get to hear it,” Mona shared on Instagram. “Run don’t walk, bring da ruckus, etc.”

In an interview with BBC, Mona Director of Curatorial Affairs Jarrod Rawlins added, “Every once in a while, an object on this planet possesses mystical properties that transcend its material circumstances. Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is more than just an album, so… I knew I had to get it into this exhibition.”

So, if you’re in Tasmania, don’t miss your chance to hear Wu-Tang Clan’s now infamous Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

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