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Captain Matchbox And Beyond

Author : Catherine Fleming
ISBN : 1922129755
Genre : Counterculture
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This book uncovers the zany world of Captain Matchbox, but goes far beyond by following the extraordinary careers of Mic and Jim Conway. After Matchbox finally struck out, the brothers were intimately involved with the Pram Factory and Circus Oz. Jim Conway eventually broke free of 'novelty' to become one of Australia's premier blues musicians, while the name Mic Conway has become synonymous with 'new vaudeville' in Australia. But beware, if you choose to climb aboard the Conway roller-coaster you will encounter gratuitous nudity, free love, tumultuous relationships, unashamed namedropping, tragic vehicle crashes, circus acts, an incurable debilitating disease, political satire, ungodly language, and a barrage of puns and bad gags. This book, possibly more than any other, captures the spirit of the Australian 'counterculture' from the 1970s through to today.
Category: Counterculture


Author : David Nichols
ISBN : 9781891241611
Genre : Music
File Size : 33.87 MB
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David Nichols tells the story of Australian rock and pop music from 1960 to 1985 – formative years in which the nation cast off its colonial cultural shackles and took on the world. Generously illustrated and scrupulously researched, Dig combines scholarly accuracy with populist flair. Nichols is an unfailingly witty and engaging guide, surveying the fertile and varied landscape of Australian popular music in seven broad historical chapters, interspersed with shorter chapters on some of the more significant figures of each period. The result is a compelling portrait of a music scene that evolves in dynamic interaction with those in the United States and the UK, yet has always retained a strong sense of its own identity and continues to deliver new stars – and cult heroes – to a worldwide audience. Dig is a unique achievement. The few general histories to date have been highlight reels, heavy on illustration and short on detail. And while there have been many excellent books on individual artists, scenes and periods, and a couple of first-rate encylopedias, there’s never been a book that told the whole story of the irresistible growth and sweep of a national music culture. Until now . . .
Category: Music

Beyond The Blockades

Author : Chaplin Chang
ISBN : 9781426976131
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Although only 10 stories here yet they interestingly revealed how the writer at his teens, handicapped with limited education and funds, was forced to cheat his way into Chinese and British Navy to become a sailor and later worked as chief officer on freighters running through the blockades; how he dealt in Communist China when confronted with Communist's irrational teenage cadres and what happened when Nationalist's special-agent wanted him to hyjack the ship to Taiwan. Then what did he do when seeing a lady jumping overboard which also brought out another story about a man stopped at the brink of jumping down the tallest building in Canton and started a new life in Macao. The writer also recorded his long, unfulfilled secret love affair that spilled out the thousand-year-old inhuman tradition in China; the effect on a man when nepotism and the closely-circled territory before and during early nineteen forties in the old Chinese Navy; how a British sailor sacrificed his opportunity to join his ship in order to help an unknown Chinese sailor in England; then in Hong Kong, the power-struggling for the control of a ship and her 'human-cargo' (soldiers) during the civil war in China. Fascinating and informative stories.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Theatre Australia Un Limited

Author : Geoffrey Milne
ISBN : 9042009306
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Theatre Australia (Un)limited tells a truly national story of the structures of post-war Australian theatre: its artists, companies, financial and policy underpinnings. It gives an inclusive analysis of three 'waves' of Australian theatrical activity after 1953, and the types of organisations which grew up to support and maintain them. Subsidy, repertoire patterns, finances and administration, theatre buildings, companies, festivals and notable productions of the commercial, mainstream and alternative Australian theatre are examined state by state, and changes to governmental policy analysed. Theatrical forms comprise not only spoken-word drama, but also music theatre, comedy, theatre-restaurant, circus, puppetry, community theatre in several forms and new mixed-media genres: physical theatre, circus, visual theatre and contemporary performance. Theatre Australia (Un)limited is the first comprehensive overview of the fortunes of Australian theatre as a national enterprise, providing the industrial analysis of the 'three waves' essential for the understanding of the New Wave and of contemporary drama.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Pram Factory

Author : Tim Robertson
ISBN : 0522849830
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Australian Performing Group was a democratic theatrical collective operating out of a former pram factory. Its prodigious output of original work, produced amid the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll of Carlton in the 1970s, revived and inspired Australian theatre. The collective created a theatre in opposition to the script-based, director-dominated conservative norm. It was up-close, non-naturalistic and centred on the presence and skill of the performer. The shows were raw, rough, vernacular, iconoclastic, experimental, tendentious, comical, musical and, from time to time, magical.
Category: Performing Arts

Beyond The Blue Horizon

Author : Alexander Frater
ISBN : IND:39000009139481
Genre : Aeronautics, Commercial
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Category: Aeronautics, Commercial

Music At The Borders

Author : Philip Hayward
ISBN : UOM:39015045678938
Genre : Music
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Not Drowning, Waving formed in Melbourne in 1983. Over the next decade they became one of Australia's most original rock bands, recording a series of inventive albums and attracting critical acclaim. Music At The Borders provides a detailed history of one remarkable facet of their career, their long-term engagement with the music - and musicians - of Papua New Guinea. Individual chapters analyse the Melbourne music culture from which the band emerged, the musical style they developed; their work with musicians associated with PNG's Pacific Gold Studios; and the band's re-union for the 1996 Sing Sing tour.
Category: Music

Thomas Hardy Annual

Author : Norman Page
ISBN : 0333386663
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Category: Literary Criticism