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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

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

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