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The Go-Betweens: Right Here documentary features SLQ images

Grant McLennan and Robert Forster performing at Baroona Hall, Brisbane, April 28, 1978. From Paul O’Brien Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 29127-0028-0002

The 2017 documentary, The Go-Betweens: Right Here by director Kriv Stenders, delves into the history of the beloved indie group. The Go-Betweens were formed in Brisbane by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in 1977. The documentary uses several images from the State Library of Queensland’s Paul O’Brien collection to illustrate the Brisbane music and political scenes of … Read more

Pig City: Brisbane’s Historic Soundtrack Concert (2007)

On July 14, 2007, Pig City: Brisbane’s Historic Soundtrack concert was held at University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. Part of the Queensland Music Festival, the concert was inspired by Andrew Stafford’s book Pig City: from the Saints to Savage Garden, which documents Brisbane’s music scene from the 1970s through to the 2000s. A cavalcade … Read more

A night at Cloudland with Rockpile (feat. Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds) and The Apartments, 1979

Rockpile (Dave Edmunds, left and Nick Lowe, right) at Cloudland, Brisbane, October 13, 1979. From 29127 Paul O’Brien Collection 1970-1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. (In copyright CC-BY) Image 29127-0006-0025

On October 13, 1979, Brisbane radio station 4ZZZ presented British rock and roll group Rockpile in concert with Mental As Anything and The Apartments at the now demolished Cloudland in the suburb of Bowen Hills. Tickets were $5 or $3 for 4ZZZ subscribers (approximately $23 and $13.50 respectively today). Rockpile featured the talents of singer-songwriters … Read more

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

Vale Carol Lloyd

"Only A Matter Of Time", Railroad Gin (1974). John Oxley Library Collection, State Library of Queensland

This week Queensland lost influential singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd, who passed away in Brisbane after a long illness. Lloyd was part of Brisbane’s music scene during the 1970s as frontwoman of the band Railroad Gin. The band is best known for their 1974 single A Matter Of Time. The single reached the number 1 spot in … Read more

Whatever happened to Queensland rock magazine Backstage?

Queensland rock monthly magazine Backstage. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In July 1980, Backstage, a Queensland rock music magazine published its first edition. Valued at 40 cents, Backstage was modelled after successful rock music magazines of the period, such as UK’s NME and Melody Maker and the Sydney based Rock Australia Magazine (RAM). The publication was the brainchild of Graham Aisthorpe, who came up with the concept … Read more