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Platform Papers 32  

HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT: Live Music in Australia

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In 2010, when Melbourne’s music venue the Tote Hotel was forced to shut down, it incited a public outcry that crikey.com called the year’s ‘most significant event in cultural policy’. Why does this most popular of the performing arts seem always to be so under siege? Australia’s live music circuit has long been celebrated as one of the world’s best, but if places like the Tote keep closing down, where will the next Nick Cave, AC/DC or Paul Kelly come from?


Research shows that the venue-based industry has an annual output of $1.21 billion, creates 15,000 full-time jobs and draws audiences of over 41 million.


Clinton Walker takes Platform Papers deep into the nether regions of sticky carpet, dodgy house PAs and moshpit etiquette, to defend the cultural vitality being lost and calls for a change to the state and council regulations that stand in the way of restoration. Is it not time, he asks, to bring this most popular form of music in from the cold?

CLINTON WALKER, prolific author, critic, presenter and documentary maker, has been called ‘our best chronicler of Australian grass roots culture’. His books include Highway to Hell, a biography of AC/DC’s Bon Scott, and Buried Country, a history of Aboriginal country music. He is currently an honorary research fellow at LaTrobe University’s Thesis 11 Centre for Cultural Sociology.





Currency House | 978-0-98721-141-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB

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CLINTON WALKER, prolific author, critic, presenter and documentary maker, has been called ‘our best chronicler of Australian grass roots culture’. His books include Highway to Hell, a biography of AC/DC’s Bon Scott, and Buried Country, a history of Aboriginal country music.