The much-awaited Festival Records compilation "(When The Sun Sets Over) Carlton: Melbourne’s Countercultural Rock Scene of The ‘70s" is in the shelves and gets its Sydney launch on the evening of December 5 at Redye Records.
Kicking off at 5.30pm, the event will take the form of a Q&A hosted by rock writer/broadcaster Stuart Coupe and featuring a panel of Rick Grossman (Bleeding Hearts, Parachute, Eric Gradman Man & Machine and later the Divynils and Hoodoo Gurus); John Power (Jo Jo Zep & The Flacons, Company Caine) and Chris Worrall (Pelaco Brothers, Captain magtchbox Whoopee Band, Bleeding Hearts, Stiletto and The Dots.)
(That’s Rick Grossman in our photo above, back when he played with Parachute.)
Entrance is free, no booking is required, and refreshments will be provided.
We’re featuring a review of the compilation and will post an article about the scene in the days ahead but it’s a landmark collection documenting the arts and politics-infused rock scene centred on Carlton.
It gave Melbourne and Australia such multi-faceted cultural icons as Paul Kelly, Joe Camilleri, Stephen Cummings, Jane Clifton, Peter Lillie, Ross Wilson, Ross Hannaford, Greg Macainsh, Red Symons and Shirley Strachan, as well as author Helen Garner and media identity H.G.Nelson.
Taking its title from the famous song by the scene’s best known band Skyhooks, the 2CD set traces the countercultural scene’s development from its beginnings in venues like the TF Much Ballroom and Carlton’s La Mama and Pram Factory theatres through Skyhooks breakout success to the thriving pub scene found in legendary venues like Martinis and the Tiger Lounge.
It also gives a glimpse of the birth of Melbourne’s hugely influential 3RRR-FM, which was born out of this scene.