A completed PhD investigating the geography of live music in Sydney and Melbourne between the 1980s and 2000s.
Hi everyone –
I will be giving a free public talk at the State Library of New South Wales on the afternoon of Saturday 31st October. This is part of the Tony Mott rock photography exhibition, running at the library from October to February.
I’m very flattered to have been invited to contribute to this exhibition, and it’s also a great chance to preview my findings in an accessible format (a mix of map images and talking, in a gig-length presentation).
The focus will be on adding my particular perspective to the changes in Sydney’s live music scene over time, a topic which Tony’s photographs also explore, albeit at a different zoom level.
I’ll make sure to mention that the State Library of NSW was extremely useful for my research – where else can one find the entire catalog of Drum Media and On The Street? Maybe an epic sharehouse or a fastidious punter’s house somewhere in the suburbs of Sydney but, for my purposes, thanks are in order.
Hope to see youse there.
Details as per State Library NSW site:
It’s popularly believed that Sydney and Melbourne’s live music scenes of have been dying out since the late 1990’s. Musician Sarah Taylor decided to find out the truth and is close to completing her PhD mapping data from local gig guides over a 23 year period from 1983 and comparing it with census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Join Sarah for this illustrated talk as she reveals her surprising findings.
In association with the What a Life! Rock photography by Tony Mott exhibition.