Jonathan Sequeira’s raw and stunning documentary, "Descent Into The Maelstrom - The Radio Birdman Story", has been snubbed by Australia's national public broadcaster the ABC.
Released as a short-run feature in Australian cinemas and shown at film festivals and limited screenings in the USA, Japan, the UK and Europe, “Descent” will be released via DVD and streaming in September this year to coincide with a Radio Birdman tour of Australia and Europe.
The taxpayer-funded ABC was offered a deep discount to screen it on Australian free-to-air TV but has declined, after months of dithering and silence.
In an online statement published overnight, filmmaker Jonathan Sequeira said:
Regardless of my involvement, it is a tragedy that the ABC will not be broadcasting the largely unknown story of the most important band in Australia’s music history. I consider that to be letting down the Australian public, and a failure of the ABC to follow its charter.
Radio Birdman has also issued an online statement overnight:
Considering the highly relevant content of the film, from the perspective of Australian music history, ABC was the obvious choice of channel…The band is disappointed but not really surprised. We have been familiar with this sort of attitude from the establishment since the 1970's.
Curiously, ABC has screened documetaries about the Saints and the Go Betweens, as well as series of programs based on its own "Countdown" franchise.
You can make your opinion known by contacting ABC-1 Channel Manager Natalie Edgar via abc.net.au/contact/complain.htm
It’s winter in Sydney but the city’s monthly Rock and Roll Market is cranking up the heat with its latest live music line-up.
Gay Paris (pictured, right), Papa Pilko and the Binrats, West Texas Crude– flying in from Brisbane – and rockabilly act The Red Rollan Deuces team with DJs Limpin’ Jimmy & the Swingin’ Kitten, Rod Almighty, The Crimplenes and Solid Gold Hell for the July 29 event at Sydney University’s Manning Bar from 10.30am.
As always, punters will be dazzled by an array of unique stalls featuring fashion galore, rock ‘n’ roll, alternative, vintage, handmade and unique clothing for men, women and children, jewellery, accessories, cult DVDs, artwork, homewares, collectables, tikis, posters, handmade unique goods.
Organisers promise there will be more than 50,000 LPs, 45s and CDs on sale, covering rock, punk, metal, rockabilly, blues, jazz, country, reggae, club and hip hop. The Record Fair is presented by Revolve Records (Erskineville) and Egg Records (Newtown).
You’ll also find a café, bars, international food, giant kids’ games, classic and vintage vehicle display plus more.
Call it a gathering of the garage rock tribe or a gig for underground music’s disaffected, but the “Born Out of Time #1” bill of high energy bands is going to rock Sydney’s socks off.
A mini-festival of awesome proportions at Marrickville Bowling Club in Sydney on Saturday, September 15, it’s the first of a series of national shows to showcase the best REAL Rock n Roll in the land.
Presented by Off The Hip Records and I-94 Bar, “Born Out of Time #1” features a line-up of motor-headed Melbourne punks Grindhouse; kings of fat ‘n’ drunken stupidity The Crusaders; new voodoo crew The Beat Taboo; revived and resurgent Sydney punks Aberration; and young Melbourne band The Devours.
“The concept of Born Out Of Time is to take bands from the label, and others, to places where they might not otherwise play,” says Off The Hip Records honcho Mick Baty.
“It’s a value for money, five-band bill that echoes the sort of nights that made the Sydney Trade Union Club famous in the 1980s.”
The Crusaders will be making one of their all-too-rare appearances and their first since supporting The Sonics in Sydney two years back.
The Beat Taboo
is a group of Melbourne veterans with a swamp-voodoo album
"Dirry Stash" making noise in Australia and overseas.
It’s giveaway time at the I-94 Bar and we have five Simon Chainsaw packs to grace the CD players of some lucky Barflies.
Simon’s new album “Thirteen” has just been released and it’s characteristic high-energy rock ’n’ punk from the Sydney-via-Brazil frontman. So named because it’s his 13th studio album under his Simon Chainsaw moniker, it throws the odd stylistic curve ball just to keep things interesting but is mostly packed with raucuous pop-punk raunch.
Also in the Simon Chainsaw pack is the two-track CD promo for the other rock and roll project occupying Simon’s time. SC/TC is Simon and former AC/DC drummer Tony Currenti collaborating on a two-song single drawing from the inspiration of good ol’ fashioned Alberts label Oz Rock.
Sole surviving Heartbreaker Walter Lure accompanied by Joey Pinter on guitar. Des Jardins photo.
Expatriate New York City guitar legend Joey Pinter (ex-Waldos, Knots) needs your help after suffering side effects after four bouts of debilitating back surgery.
Complications have left the Los Angeles-based axeman being fed by tube for the moment, and his wife Angie needs assistance with mounting medical bills.
In Angie's words: "Joey had a 4 level cervical fusion revision because he was losing strength in his hand and the ability to play. Something went wrong .He has a hematoma that is preventing him from swallowing anything no water or food.
“They were going to open him up again but decided it was too risky and instead are hoping the inflammation will go down he is highly medicated and has a feeding tube, heart monitor. It's very serious and sad."
Ron Asheton’s local, The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, is the venue for a tribute show on July 17 to mark what would have been the late ex-Stooges guitarist’s 70th birthday. Performers will include J Mascis, Don Fleming, Mark Arm, Kim Gordon, Mike Watt, Mario Rubalcaba and Jennifer Herrema. Tickets are available here and proceeds go towards The Ron Asheton Foundation..