A completed PhD investigating the geography of live music in Sydney and Melbourne between the 1980s and 2000s.
Here’s a small sample of items in the Sydney street press of August 1991 that caught my eye while I was at the State Library of NSW recently. For my own selfish and diversionary reasons I particularly enjoy old letters to the editor and find them either depressing or funny (like a lot of human anxieties seen from across time), while the venue advertisements can give snippets of everyday life for Sydneysiders in 1991. For example, one might partake in “recession session” at a nightclub, which sounds like a real downer but perhaps it was fun at the time.
Also in 1991 there are still quite a few suburban Sydney venues hosting regular big name bands, from Dee Why to Gladesville to Sylvania, and cover bands are a controversial topic, along with changes to nationalizing radio network JJJ, the popularity of Vanilla Ice, Betty Boop’s recent tour (the one with the miming thing in Frankston), and the 90s generally. And I’ve included at the end a feature on the Prices Surveillance Authority recommendations regarding CD prices in Australia (over $25! in 1991!), with some familiar faces but a very different Australian music industry, unaware or unconcerned in 1991 about “the internet”.