Sometimes city councils spend money on good things. Here's a rundown on something you might want to put your hand up for if you're in Sydney in October. The "Frank" is my mate Frank Cotterell of Mojo Music in York Street, formerly of Waterfront Records.
This year's City Of Sydney guided tours - as part of the annual Art & About Festival - takes us to the streets of the CBD, Kings Cross and Surry Hillls.
Your host - Mojo's own Frank Cotterell - has enlisted a very special guest for the walks this year- Ian Hartley. Ian has been involved in the Sydney music scene since the mid 60's - as a musician playing harmonica with such bands as The Throb; as a writer and publisher of legendary zine Spurt; as a promoter of countless cutting edge clubs and venues; and as the owner of the original Skin Deep store in the Crystal Palace Arcade.
Hear tales of the first Beat club in Sydney, visit where the Beat Generation hung out and where The Beatles stayed. Revisit venues where you could do The Twist, The Stomp and The Pop. See venues where AC/DC and Radio Birdman played their first Sydney shows, and The Easybeats their last Sydney show.
From the beginnings of rock'n'roll in the mid 50's, through the next 30 years, hear tales from the underground and the rock 'n' roll underbelly.
Both walks are free.
Sunday 10th October
(Meet outside The Basement 7 Macquarie Place, Sydney) Bookings: 02 9265 9141
Kings Cross / Surry Hills Tour:
Sunday 17th October
( Meet under the Coca-Cola sign, Kings Cross )
Bookings: 02 9265 9141