Mayor's a Square
Professor and expert
n Australia Social life.
As a very respected academic,
Shane has done an incredible amount of research to make sure this
book is accountable to what actually went on in the early 'live
music' scene in Sydney.
The book covers from the 40's
'dance' scene to the 80's 'pub' scene and shows clearly what the
lawmakers did to make things, or stop things from happening.
The title comes from a statement
Johnny O'Keefe made in the late 50's about the Mayor of Parramatta
because they wouldn't let him run his rock'n'roll dance in the
Many officials in both USA, UK
and Australia thought RnR was the 'devils' music, so did everything
they could to keep it away from society.
An interesting read for anyone
into the history of live Oz music.