- leading internet media database, with many entries for Australian
Being a history ( of sorts ) of Rock festivals of the United
Kingdom , from 1961 to 1975. Top stuff!
Ausmusic Discussion Network
- e-mail discussion list, message board, chat area, music news
- links, links and more links!
Australian Audio Recording Equipment
- Adelaide electronics buff Peter O'Neill has compiled a very valuable site about one of the least-known aspects of the Australian recording industry. Like so many other areas of commercial endeavour, our indigenous electronics industry was strangled by the abolition of protective tariffs in the mid-1970s, as the unstoppable behemoth of Yankee "free trade" crushed everything in its path. Thanks to Peter's site, however, you can find out all you need to know about Australian recording gear including tape decks and other equipment made by long-gone Aussie firms like Plessey, Rola, Byer and Magnecord.
- Craig Smith's comprehensive site on Australia blues artists
Australian Music World Wide Web Site
- links and pages for over 2000 Australian artists
Australian Music Resources
- Aussie music links compiled by ANU Library
Australian Rock Exchange
- WWW reference source for the Australian music industry and
Australian Rock Database
- SuperSwede Magnus Holmgren's excellent searchable database
of Aussie bands/artists, including many 60s/70s acts, and lots
of discographical data
Music Industry Webring
Australian Singles List 1966-72
- Psychlists' comprehensive discography including catalogue no's.
The site also includes similar lists for NZ, UK and USA.
Believe it or else, this is the homepage for "The Bear"
-- better known as the legendary (or infamous, depending on your
outlook) Augustus Owsley Stanley III. Not only is The Bear alive
and well and producing art and music -- he is reported to be
living in Queensland -- as is another '60s US counterculture icon,
Chip Monck. Break on through ...
Records Links Page
Dozens and dozens of bonza links to groovy music sites (including
An excellent resource which includes online versions
of four recent Borderline music publications. Of special interest
are the three books by Vernon Joyson, especially his Dreams,
Fantasies and Nightmares, which contains numerous entries
for Australian and New Zealand acts:
Dreams, Fantasies & Nightmares
Canadian, Australasian & Latin American Rock & Pop 1963 - 75
The Tapestry Of Delights
British Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Rock 1963
Fuzz, Acid & Flowers
American Garage, Psychedelic & Hippie Rock 1964-1975
Morning Moon: Trans World '60s Punk
With a name like that, how can you resist? A great site dedicated
to '60s garage punk
- WWW access to Usenet newsgroups, including many music-related
groups like aus.music
Psychedelic Web Of Sound
- psychedelic music, Space Rock, Prog Rock from the 60s to the
Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop
- the online version of Ian McFarlane's definitive tome, hosted
of Australian Country Music
- "The foremost authority on Australian country music"
Discography of New Zealand Popular Music 1958-1987
"This discography covers 1230 audio recordings by New Zealand
rock, jazz, folk, blues and bluegrass musicians published between
1958 and 1987. It includes LPs, EPs and cassettes, but not singles
or CDs. The discography was originally published in 1990 by the
New Zealand Library Association under the title "Sound recordings
of New Zealand popular music", and is still available in
many New Zealand libraries. The electronic version was created
in July 1998." Don McNaughton, who compiled it, is a dead-set
legend. Five stars!
- includes rare pics of Sixties and Seventies Oz and Kiwi acts
Surf Classics - Surf Movie Posters of the 60's.
A great site with images of many vintage surf movie posters,
including Paul Witzig's Oz classics EVOLUTION and A LIFE IN THE
of Progressive Rock
- excellent UK-based online encyclopedia with numerous references
to Aussie/NZ bands
Girl Groups Fan Club
A great US site dedicated to the classic "girl" groups
and female solo artists of the 50s and 60s
A great site featuring classic gig posters, past and present,
and lots more. The site includes images of three of Ian McCausland's
classic '70s tour posters for The Stones and The Faces.
One of the most up-to-date sources on the net for guitarists
and guitar lovers. It includes "Guitar News Weekly",
a weekly zine that you can read on this site or have emailed
- the Australian Blues homepage
History of Rock'n'Roll
A great American site detailing the history of the original rock'n'roll
- Ed Nimmervol's superb OzMusic site
- if you ever owned a copy of 20 Electrifying Hits, Vol.2, then
this rip-snorting, dynamic chartstopping website will do it right for you!
But wait, there's more ...!
"Labels Strive to Rectify Past Archival Problems"
- Bill Holland's award-winning, heart-rending article, written for
Billboard in 1997. It reveald the shocking story of how huge chunks
of America's recorded musical heritage have been lost or destroyed
by carelessness, indifference and stupidity. Not for the faint-hearted,
but a story that has to be told.
A history of British psychedelia 1966-70, featuring many of the groups and films
that appeared during this period; also the parent site of the excellent Sweet
Floral Albion e-zine.
Nigel Tufnel's favourite website.
Day to day musical history site
- Mark "Radar" Watson's Blues Haven
Excellent site documenting the history of pioneering
synthesiser boffin Dr Bob Moog and his marvellous machines.
Morning Of The Earth
A great new site dedicated to Alby Falzon's epoch-making surf
film and soundtrack
If you really want to get the drum about Australian music, this is the place to go. Chris Spencer and his pals, creators of the legendary Who's Who of Australian Rock, have written and/or published a wealth of resources about Aussie rock and pop from the Fifties to the present, and it's all listed and available here on their Moonlight website.
Morning Of The Earth
A great new site dedicated to Alby Falzon's epoch-making surf
film and soundtrack
MusicAustralia is an exciting new web-based service developed by the National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. The site will help you to find, access and navigate a rich store of information on Australian music, musicians, organisations and services from a single access point. You can find music scores, sound recordings, websites and a range of other music-related material held by a large number of Australia's cultural institutions, or described by specialist music services. It covers all formats, styles and genres, and both heritage and contemporary music. You can also find information about people and organisations. Some of the music is available is online, so you can read a score held by the National Library of Australia and listen to a sound recording delivered by the National Film and Sound Archive at the same time. Most music is not available online, but copies can often be borrowed or purchased through organisations contributing to MusicAustralia.
The Musician's Olympus
Miguel Terol's carefully researched and authoritative site is an exemplary
internet music resource. It's still under construcion (I know the feeling) but
already contains a wealth of hyperlinked information about leading
instrumentalists and singers. 10/10!
Newcastle Bands Database
A great Aussie site devoted to documenting the thriving Newcastle music scene from the 1960s
to the present day, with listings for many local bands including details of personnel, history,
discography and photos.
New Zealand Music of the 60s and 70s
Bruce Sergeant's exemplary site covering scores of New Zealand
acts. The perfect Kiwi complement to MILESAGO, if we may be so
Lynn Nuttall's superbly informative new site,
dedicated to chasing down the history and
sources of Australasian pop singles of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK
ìA dark corner of the void dedicated to Psychedelia, Acid
Rock, Progressive Rock, Garage Bands, 60ís Punk, Freakbeat,
wig-lifting rarities, books, posters, lightshows and other STRANGE
items related to pSycheDelic music.........î
Recording Technology History
Steve Schoenherr has compiled this truly comprehensive overview
of recording and broadcasting technology from its beginnings
in the late 1800s to the digital revolution of today. TONS of
info, heaps of links and references and illustrations galore
make this a must-see site.
Searching For Shakes
Menachem Turchick has compiled an amazingly comprehensive database
of 60s garage-psych bands, songs and compilation albums, which
includes many Aussie and Kiwi acts. It can be downloaded from
the Searchin' For Shakes website as a Microsoft Access '97 file,
or you can browse an HTML version at http://www.soybomb.com/garage-comps/
Talmy: The Richie Unterberger Interview
- fascinating interview with the producer of The Kinks and The
Who includes mentions of his work with The Easybeats and Axiom
"...the fads, fashions and famous people of the 1960's,
with a focus on sixties fashion design and fashion designers."
Hundreds of pages with info and images covering various aspects
of the Beat Boom decade. If you're looking for nostalgia good
times and great music you're in the right place!"
Sixties Pop Diary
A yearly guide to the Sixties, including fashion, genres,
records, books and more.
- although primarily a commercial site, Colin Abrahams' terrific
'Studio Connections' pages are really worth a visit by Oz Rock
fans. A former house engineer at Albert's under the legendary
Bruce Brown, Colin has compiled technical information, a special
section on studio history, including Albert's Studios, photos,
hilarious behind-the-console stories and lots more.
Sweet Floral Albion
- "A switched-on mag for switched-on people, the world's
only e-zine devoted to all the day-glo aspects and technicolored
manifestations & machinations of BRITISH PSYCHEDELIA ~ music,
literature, fashion, art, & other groovy scenes." SFA use
"British" in its imperial sense and this great site also includes
a lot of information about Aussie psych bands and reviews of Aussie
compilations. Well worth a look. Issue #25 includes an excellent
interview with former Steve & The Board/ Groove drummer Geoff Bridgford.
3rd Ear Music's Hidden Years Archive Project is a unique collection
of alternative South African music - Live Recordings from Festivals,
Concerts & Clubs & independent Studios - 1964 to 1994
- S. African music legends & forgotten heroes - from Township
Jazz to City Folk, from Zulu Maskandi to Political Rock 'n Roll.
It includes a great section called Sound & PA History in South Africa ñ
The '69 Woodstock connection to Africa
Ultimate Guide To Canberra Musicians
- Uncle Baz's superb site devoted to Canberrra bands of the 60s,
70s and beyond ...
- heaps of Australian band and resource links
The Vox Showroom
The company that was arguably THE sound of Sixties music, Vox
were official suppliers to The Beatles and The Stones, and creators
of the legendary AC-30 amplifier, the classic Mark VI ("Teardrop")
and Phantom guitars, the Continental organ and the Vox Wah-Wah
pedal. If you need a reason for the Internet to exist, this brilliant
site is as good as any we've seen.
Watkins Electric Music History
Charlie Watkins made the legendary Copicat tape echo machine,
developed the famed WEM amplifiers and created the very first
modern concert PA systems in the late '60s. Charlie himself has
penned this fascinating history of his work and his company.
World's Music in Australia
- great African/world music site by Christo van Rensburg, includes
section on African music in Australia
Peter Thorogood's site covers aspects of the social history of
the Menzies/Vietnam era, with pages on radio, TV books music
Australian Performing Group / Pram Factory Research
A beauty. Terrific hypertext introduction to the work of
this seminal Aussie theatre group
This is Baader-Meinhof
A remarkable site detailing one of the darkest chapters in postwar
German history, the murderous exploits of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group.
An interesting ABC mini-site about the eponymous 1997 TV documentary
about Australia's 'bohemian' tradition. The site includes Tony
Moore's essay Romancing the City: Australia's bohemian tradition
The Beat Generation and The Sixties
Alan Keig's guide to web resources about the
Beat movement and its influence on the spirit of the Sixties
The Canberra House: modern residential architecture in the ACT
A great resource about the buildings and architectural styles of the national capital
Gerry Carlin's Sixties Pages
An excellent collection of sources, resources and writings about the Sixties
- Melbourne Underworld
A great personal site maintained by Di Bingham, it includes terrific
sections on "Growing Up in Brisbane" and "Brisbane
in the Sixties".
Dimensions in Time (ABC-TV)
Hosted by George Negus, this excellent weekly half-hour series
presents stories that explore the history of Australian culture
and society, using the ABC's extensive archives. The series covers
many aspects of our social history from indigenous culture to
the squattocracy, from the post-war migrants who built the 'Snowy'
to adventurers, inventors, pop culture and politics. The Dimensions
website is a valuable resource in its own right, containing transcripts
of all previous programs from 2001 to the present.
The home page for the Francis James Collection at Penrith City
Fred Harden Photographic History
Fred began his photographic career as a student at RMIT and his
superb site includes four great mini-archives of of his photos
-- Fitzroy pub and street life in the late '60s, the late Howard
Lindley (friend and fan of The Masters Apprentices), the late
PM Harold Holt sitting for a portrait bust at RMIT, and a section
with images from the Wallacia and Sunbury festivals and the Vietnam
Albert Hoffman: - LSD: My Problem Child
The fascinating memoirs of the man who discovered acid.
National Archives Of Australia
Prime Ministers of Australia
The Psychedelic Sixties
A great social history site with loads of images, prepared by
the Special Collections Dept, University of Virginia
collective of humanities scholars working together on the Internet
to use electronic resources to provide routes of collaboration
and make available primary and secondary sources for researchers,
students, teachers, writers and librarians interested in the
State of Censorship - Australia
Censorship was a focal point of confrontation between conservative
and progressive forces in the '60s and '70s, and there were arrests
and court battles galore over banned or "obscene" books,
magazines, plays, films and records and even song lyrics. Things
are a lot better now, but it is worth remembering that censorship
has not been abolished -- it has merely been relaxed. The Internet
has brought the censorship debate back to the forefront of the
social agenda. This site is a must.
A top site on Aussie surf culture, with fantastic sections
covering the history of surfing, "Pods For Primates"
(a very extensive catalogue of Australian surfboards), surfing
books, surf film, surfing magazines and heaps more. Cowabunga,
Chicks of the '60s
"From Marilyn to "Batgirl," Twiggy to "Jeannie,"
Annette to "99," the Swingin' Sixties' swinginest chicks
unite for a kooky (but respectful) celebration of swingin' style."
The Aftermath: The Turbulent Sixties
Vietnam War - A Critical Analysis of Australia's
Entrance Into War