History Is Made at Night: Live Music in Australia
Published by: CURRENCY HOUSE
To be launched by Kathy Bail, With Special Guest Iain Sheddon
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Popular live-music commentator Clinton Walker mourns the closing of pub rock music venues in our cities and suburbs, and offers the vivid and controversial history behind this process. From the Tote in Melbourne to the Hopetoun in Sydney and the Cloudland in Brisbane, he laments the demise of venues which gave us such iconic acts as Nick Cave, the Go-Betweens and Powderfinger, and defends the cultural vitality being lost while calling for a change to the policies and state and local council regulations that stand in the way. New research shows that the venue-based music industry has an annual output of $1.21 billion, creates 15,000 full-time jobs and draws audiences of over 41 million. Contemporary music is a legitimate and integral branch of arts and culture, he says, but one that has for too long suffered discrimination and contempt from the elites.
Clinton Walker is one of Australia’s best-known writers on popular music and cultural history. His works include Inner City Sound, Highway to Hell: The life and time of AC/DC legend Bon Scott; and Stranded: The secret history of Australian independent music 1977–1991. His Football Life was a personal history of AFL culture, and his sixth book, Buried Country, a history of Aboriginal country music, became a documentary film and a soundtrack CD. He worked for ABC TV on the documentaries Long Way to the Top and Love is in the Air and co-hosted the late-night live music program Studio 22.
Kathy Bail is publisher at New South Publishing and former Editor of Rolling Stone.
Iain Sheddon is music writer for The Australian.