From cult heroes the Saints and the Go-Betweens to national icons Powderfinger and international stars Savage Garden, Brisbane has produced more than its share of great bands. But behind the music lay a ghost city of malice and corruption. Pressed under the thumb of the Bjelke-Petersen government and its toughest enforcers—the police—Brisbane’s musicians, radio announcers, and political activists braved ignorance, harassment and often violence to be heard. This updated, 10th anniversary edition features a scathing new introduction by the author, assessing the changing shape of Brisbane, its music, and troubling developments since the return of the state of Queensland to conservative governance.read more
As a Savage Garden fan, it's great to read a serious work about them-one chapter is devoted exclusively to them. Plus, it's a scholarly book and it isn't geared to the pre-teen/teen Tiger Beat-reading crowd. My only criticism is that although I'm a Darren Hayes fan, the book is somewhat biased towards Darren Hayes since Daniel Jones didn't contribute to this book post break-up.read more
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