Scene News: Rock Musician, Lucy Desoto, turns author with Australia Rocks!

Australia Rocks: Remembering the music of the 1950s to 1990s by Lucy Desoto

Divinyls. Photograph by Tony Mott.
Divinyls. Photograph by Tony Mott.

Australian rock music has a rich history of performers and bands that have created not just the soundtrack for Australian lives but have also shaped the international music scene. In the early days of the 1950s and ‘60s, Australian rock saw performers like Johnny O’Keefe and The Easybeats. The 1970s saw Cold Chisel and AC/DC, among others, performing to packed halls locally.  AC/DC turned this into international success, blasting through three decades of touring and performing. However, it was only in the 1980s and 1990s that Australian rock truly made its mark on the international stage with iconic bands such as Men at Work, Midnight Oil and INXS. Australia Rocks brings the bands and the times to life through unique photographs and evocative text.

Written by a rock musician, it also goes beyond the ‘big names’ to highlight the many independent, often lesser-known performers who played such an integral part in shaping the industry, and shines a light on how rock music was not only influenced by global events (the Vietnam War, for example) but also formed part of enormous cultural shifts (the Swinging Sixties, the protest movement, etc.). From the demure dance halls of the 1950s to the smoke-filled pubs of the 1970s and the packed concerts of the 1990s and beyond, Australia Rocks will have music lovers dusting off their vinyl collection and remembering the good times.

Paul Kelly. Photograph by Tony Mott
Powderfinger (p.157) Photograph by Tony Mott.
Powderfinger (p.157) Photograph by Tony Mott
The Cruel Sea. Photograph by Tony Mott
The Cruel Sea (p.140) Photograph by Tony Mott







Lucy Desoto
Lucy Desoto

Lucy Desoto is an internationally recognised rock and blues musician and no stranger to the creative process. Since 1975, Lucy Desoto has sung and played keyboards in bands with some of Australia’s leading rock musicians, building a reputation for great song writing and skilled performances. In 2001, Lucy attained a first class honours degree in Media Arts at Sydney University, and started post-graduate film studies. In 2008, Lucy’s documentary film Rock ’n Roll Outlaw screened to sold-out shows at the Melbourne International Film Festival and later that year Lucy was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney. Now based in Alice Springs, Lucy continues to rock ’n’ roll. This is her first book.



Australia Rocks: Remembering the music of the 1950s to 1990s by Lucy Desoto is available now through Exisle Publishing.


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