Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Australia Rocks - remembering the music of the 1950''s to 1990's
Australia Rocks - Remembering the Music of the 1950s to 1990s
1 October 2016, RRP $49.99 HB Exisle Publishing
•Photographs, memorabilia and
evocative text combine to create the perfect dance down memory lane for anyone
growing up in the glory days of rock n’ roll.
•Includes all the lead artists and
bands from the 1950s right up to the end of the 1990s, as well as the many
independent, lesser-known performers who helped to shape the industry.
•Traces the evolution of the
Australian rock music scene in the context of global events and the influence
of American culture.
•Written by an author who’s truly
lived rock ’n’ roll; Lucy Desoto is an internationally recognised performer and
recording artist with a career spanning 30 years.
rock music has a rich history of performers and bands that have created not
just the soundtrack for Australian lives but have also shaped the international
music scene. In the early days of the 1950s and ’60s, Australian rock saw
performers like Johnny O’Keefe and The Easybeats. The 1970s saw Cold Chisel and AC/DC, among others, performing to packed halls locally. AC/DC turned this into international
success, blasting through three decades of touring and performing. However, it
was only in the 1980s and 1990s that Australian rock truly made its mark on the
international stage with iconic bands such as Men at Work, Midnight Oil and
Australia Rocks brings the bands and
the times to life through unique photographs and evocative text. Written by a
rock musician, it also goes beyond the ‘big names’ to highlight the many
independent, often lesser-known performers who played such an integral part in
shaping the industry, and shines a light on how rock music was not only influenced
by global events (the Vietnam War, for example) but also formed part of
enormous cultural shifts (the Swinging Sixties, the protest movement, etc.).
From the demure dance halls of the 1950s to the smoke-filled pubs of the 1970s
and the packed concerts of the 1990s and beyond, Australia Rocks will have music lovers dusting off their vinyl
collection and remembering the good times.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
is an internationally recognised rock musician, who has sung and played
keyboards with some of Australia’s leading musicians. Lucy has an honours
degree in Media Arts and a Doctorate of Creative Arts. Now based in Alice
Springs, Lucy continues to rock ’n’ roll. This is her first book