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La Fetts – ‘SEQEB Scabs’

In the year 2000, radio station 4ZZZ celebrated 25 eventful years of existence. To commemorate this milestone, a 2xCD compilation – ‘Behind the Banana Curtain’ – was released, documenting the musical highlights of these tumultuous two and a half decades. Many of the tracks included were known worldwide, others were very localised classics, never before … Read more

Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995 (project update)

Go-Between & Xero concert poster. Designed by John Willsteed

Guest blogger – John Willsteed, recipient of the Letty Katts Award discusses his project Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995 My first move after the Queensland Memory Awards night was to put out a call on social media (Facebook, in this case). It looked a bit like this: “We are all … Read more

A night with Mental As Anything and Dave Warner at UQ Refec (1979)

Mental As Anything, University of Queensland, 1979. From 29127 Paul O'Brien Collection 1970-1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. (CC-BY)

Among the 800+ images contained in the Paul O’Brien Collection, a series documenting Brisbane’s music scene from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, are two photographs of Sydney band Mental As Anything, just prior to their mainstream success, and Dave Warner, singer and songwriter, formerly of Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs. These photographs were most probably taken … Read more

Photograph from one of The Go-Betweens earliest concerts

Grant McLennan and Robert Forster performing at Baroona Hall, Brisbane, April 28, 1978. From 29127, Paul O'Brien Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY

May 6, 2016 marks 10 years since the death of Grant McLennan, Queensland musician and co-founder of the indie rock group, The Go-Betweens. This image is part of the recently donated Paul O’Brien collection, showing a young McLennan with fellow singer-songwriter Robert Forster performing as The Go-Betweens at Baroona Hall in Caxton Street, Paddington on 28 April … Read more

Hey! Is this you?

Moorooka State School Band welcoming home soldiers from World War II in Brisbane, Queensland, ca. 1945. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 11407

This marvellous photo stands at the entrance to our current exhibition ‘Live! Queensland Band Culture’ in the Philip Bacon Gallery on Level 4 of the library. We wondered if some of these fife players would recognize themselves, and hoped so. Last week we had a letter from a seventy-nine year old gentleman, enclosing a photo … Read more

Bands and the ‘burbs – a Live! Queensland Band Culture Talk

 Moorooka State School Band welcoming home soldiers from World War II in Brisbane, Queensland, ca. 1945, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 11407

Bands and the ‘burbs is a Live! Talk, presented as part of Live! Queensland Band Culture , which explores 160 years of band activity in Queensland and celebrates the soundtrack of our state through performances, exhibition and events. Join high school music directors Laurinda Davidson and Stefanie Smith, and community and school band director David … Read more