whats-on, songs-theatre-arts, Pub Rock, images review, Countrywide Portrait Gallery

A backstage move to ’70s and ’80s pub rock seems and scenes, this exhibition attributes operates from the Nationwide Portrait Gallery selection together with pictures by main Australian songs photographers. We are invited to celebrate pub rock and its enduring effect on our id. I suspect lots of of people who check out will be much more intrigued in the subjects than in the quality of the photographs. They may perhaps also be additional interested in the general performance shots and the ambiance portrayed, than in the staged portraits and publicity pictures. Be that as it may possibly. The photographers incorporate Peter Brew-Bevan, Wendy McDougall, and Rennie Ellis, whose do the job I have extensive admired. Brew-Bevan’s portraits of popular Australians this sort of as Julia Gillard, Jane Campion and Gough Whitlam are fine is effective in the NPG selection. 1 on display screen right here is an similarly good examine of Paul Kelly. Ellis is also represented in the NPG assortment with diverse photos, some of which are on exhibit listed here. They include things like his instantaneously recognisable shot of Angus Younger of AC/DC on stage in Los Angeles. For me, his monochrome portrait of Youthful with Bon Scott in an Atlanta, Georgia dressing space is a more interesting image. McDougall’s image of The Church is simply good. So also her graphic of Doc Neeson of the Angels. He is posing drastically for her digital camera – or was he doing for her – in a corner. An additional exhibitor whose perform I did not know so well is Bleddyn Butcher. This artist delivers us an fantastic graphic of Nick Cave and Rowland S. Howard (of The Birthday Get together). And there is a good portrait of Archie Roach by Monthly bill McAuley. Maybe the finest-recognized shot is by Lewis Morley of the nude Sherbet, from 1974. Or perhaps it is Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Resort, by Grant Matthews. Or possibly the now described Ellis shot of Angus Young. Or Chrissy Amphlett in Sydney in 1988, by Stuart Spence? A lot of will recognise a lot of the images. There are also portraits of rockers who were being major outside the house the ’70s and ’80s – for case in point Johnny O’Keefe, who shocked me in a capability crowd at the Odeon Theatre in Goulburn in the late ’50s. Unfortunately, that architectural and cultural treasure was demolished 40 years ago. But all current that evening would have memories of the dust clouds elevated when The Wild 1 frightened individuals current by intentionally “collapsing” and then lying on the floor for many minutes in the course of his frantic functionality. Then there is an impression of Col Joye taken in 1957 by Ern McQuillan – of curiosity to me as I remember seeing Joye accomplish in Queanbeyan close to that time. But most likely the most exciting aspect of the exhibition for locals is Money Cool – showcasing a group of works by ‘pling, the late Canberra performance photographer Kevin Prideaux. These involve an great portrait of Sharon O’Neill carrying out at the Hellenic Club. We can enjoy and reminisce about acts seen in other venues – the Captain Prepare dinner Uni Bar, The Jam Factory, the ANU Union, Kingston’s Boot and Flogger, the Ainslie Rex, CCAE, and the Kingo. From the punk strength of The Young Docteurs to the indie seem of The Lighthouse Keepers, and numerous many others in amongst – The Saints, Ramones, Gentlemen at Operate, INXS – ‘pling was there capturing the performances, and the neighborhood that rapturously supported them. As well as images, some prints and paintings, there are 18 online video clips on display, and you can hear to all the artists on Spotify even though browsing the exhibition. Entry is absolutely free but timed bookings are vital by way of portrait.gov.au/calendar/timed-ticketing.

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