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George Young – the AC/DC Map

GEORGE YOUNG

Vale George Young. The passing of the genius behind The Easybeats and a key member of the Young dynasty has generated new interest in AC/DC, the Young brothers and their huge influence on Australia.

THE AC/DC MAP

If you’re visiting Fremantle, Melbourne or Sydney and want to go on a Bon Scott and Angus Young pilgrimage, here are the sacred sites. On the AC/DC Map of Australia, Melbourne has to come first. Why? The band lived there. And Countdown made them famous there – mainly because Bon Scott put on a school uniform too.

 

Countdown (Melbourne) is big on the AC/DC Map. (ABC-TV).
Countdown (Melbourne) is big on the AC/DC Map. (ABC-TV).

AC/DC IN ELSTERNWICK, MELBOURNE

Bon Scott immortalised himself and the band filming Countdown  for ABC-TV. These images are from Twitter #ClassicCountdown.  Sarah Clarke @ACSarahAC is the source for the 1985 Countdown studio audience pass.  Sadly the famous studio has now been sold to a supermarket. And by 1985 AC/DC had become world superstars.

 

Sarah Clarke on Twitter @ACSarahAC Bon Scott on Countdown Bon Scott Countdown II

The AC/DC Map of Australia just has to include Melbourne (ABC-TV).
The AC/DC Map of Australia just has to include Melbourne (ABC-TV).

 MELBOURNE – ST KILDA

6 Lansdowne Road, East St Kilda.  Demolished and replaced (like most of Melbourne music history) but nevertheless, nominated by music magazine Mojo as a contender for music history’s “vilest den of depravity”. There is also a free app if you are interested – put together by Australian music historian Bruce Milne and Music Victoria.

The St. Kilda Kitchen

It wasn’t all depravity, though. Sometimes there was cake. Trudy Worme’s mum used to drop her off at 6 Lansdowne Road on Sunday afternoons so she could cook dinner for them. She also baked Angus his favourite chocolate cakes. That definitely puts her on the AC/DC Map.

 AC/DC Lane

The visuals in AC/DC Lane (off Flinders Lane, Melbourne and the home of the ‘musicians’ music venue’ Cherry Bar) change all the time.  Even if you’ve been here before, it won’t look the same. AC/DC Lane was the result of lobbying by Music Victoria’s Patrick Donovan (then a journalist with The Age) and James Young, who runs Cherry Bar. 

This part of Melbourne is associated with Bon Scott (far right, with hippie band Fraternity) in particular. This is where he lost his flares, found his tight jeans and discovered his voice. You can walk from AC/DC Lane to Swanston Street and see the trail Bon and the band followed for It’s A Long Way to the Top. 

 

Bon Scott with Fraternity in a Go-Set poster.
Bon Scott with Fraternity in a Go-Set poster.

The Hard Rock Cafe

The original Hard Rock Cafe was created by former AC/DC manager Michael Browning from the remains of Bertie’s, formerly Victoria and Albert. This is where AC/DC played for $1 and Angus Young fell on the floor and accidentally invented his ‘dying insect’ pose. It stood at 1 Spring Street.

The Australian Music Vault

The Hard Rock Cafe of Seventies legend at 1 Spring Street has now been swallowed up by the corporate towers of Shell (below).  If you want to get a feeling for not only AC/DC, but also Melbourne music history though – the place which formed the sound – The Australian Music Vault in The Arts Centre Melbourne (opened December 2017) is a good place to start. Bon’s leather jacket is archived there.

 

The former Hard Rock Cafe, 1 Spring St, Melbourne.
The former Hard Rock Cafe, 1 Spring St, Melbourne.
Curator at The Australian Music Vault with Bon's jacket.
Curator at The Australian Music Vault with Bon’s jacket.

 

SYDNEY – THE YOUNGS’ HOME

4 Burleigh Street, Burwood was once home to George, Malcolm and Angus Young. George went on to form The Easybeats and Malcolm and Angus went on to form AC/DC. Burwood is less well-known than AC/DC Lane in Melbourne or Bon Scott’s memorial in Fremantle, but it’s a highlight of the AC/DC Map in New South Wales.

Purchased in 1965 by the Youngs’ father, a migrant from Scotland the house at 4 Burleigh Street was home, after the family left Villawood Migrants’ Hostel. The house dates from 1906. Historian Glenn A. Baker successfully lobbied for its preservation (among with other Australian music landmarks) some years ago.

The National Trust included this house on the National Trust Register in July 2013, saving it for Australia.

FREMANTLE – BON’S GRAVE

You can pay your respects at Bon Scott’s grave in Fremantle, Western Australia. There is a walking trail with QR code available.  In 2006 the grave was listed by the National Trust and given heritage status.

On 19 February 1980 Bon tragically died outside 67 Overhill Road, East Dulwich in London. There is no plaque there, despite a petition by fans – but Bon’s memorial in Fremantle is one of the National Trust’s most visited Australian sites. There is also a  statue.

 

The AC/DC Map of Australia begins in Melbourne with the site of the old Hard Rock Cafe at 1 Spring Street (below) and stretches as far as Bon Scott’s grave in Fremantle. Images: Pinterest/Twitter

 

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The Chrissy Amphlett Walk

Take the Chrissy Amphlett Walk

Chrissy Amphlett will have a Melbourne podcast and walking tour dedicated to her, following funding by the Victorian State Government. The walk, starting in Amphlett Lane, will take fans around the city with a unique audio soundtrack. Minister for Creative Industries in Victoria, Martin Foley, launched the project among many other music initiatives  in Melbourne in 2017.

The Chrissy Amphlett Walk will begin at Amphlett Lane. Pictured here at the launch in a photograph from cult Australian music website  Noise 11 are Charley Drayton, Patricia Amphlett and Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.

Charley Drayton, Patricia Amphlett and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. (NOISE 11)
Charley Drayton, Patricia Amphlett and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. (NOISE 11)

FROM AMPHLETT LANE TO THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VAULT
The map,  podcast and walk wil take visitors from Amphlett Lane, past the Princess Theatre where Chrissy starred in Boys From Oz – and the Palace Theatre where Divinyls played with Joan Jett in 1995.

Fans can then cross Melbourne towards the Arts Centre, home to the new Australian Music Vault. Carolyn Laffan is the Curator.

 

Australian Music Vault
Australian Music Vault – inspiration for the Chrissy Amphlett Walk

The Australian Music Vault

Carolyn is well known for curating unforgettable music exhibitions in Melbourne through the Performing Arts Collection,  at Arts Centre Melbourne. If you’ve admired Doc Neeson’s jacket or Kylie’s dress, at the Theatres of War: Wartime Entertainment & The Australian Experience in recent years, you’ll love The Australian Music Vault.

An iconic Doc Neeson jacket.
An iconic Doc Neeson jacket.

With a track record including The Beatles in Australia and  The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame collection, with  Angus Young’s early AC/DC schoolboy suits and Judith Durham’s stunning 1960s beaded performance gown – Carolyn and the team at the Performing Arts Collection have become custodians for everything from Sunbury Festival memorabilia to AC/DC’s  Family Jewels. And Chrissy Amphlett’s iconic school uniform. Another jewel. It is painted here on the Amphlett Lane mural in Melbourne by award-winning Tasmanian artist Peter Gouldthorpe.

Image Double J. Opening of Amphlett Lane, Melbourne - start of the Amphlett Walk.
Image Double J. Opening of Amphlett Lane, Melbourne – start of the Amphlett Walk.


FROM IAN ‘MOLLY’ MELDRUM TO IVA DAVIES

We hope to bring you a walking tour that will take you through Chrissy Amphlett’s life and times – and also helps you to enjoy your time at the new Music Vault – in the context of her career, which included friendships and collaborations across the Australian music industry involving everyone from Ian Meldrum to Iva Davies.

 

Amphlett Lane, October 2016.
Amphlett Lane, October 2016.

 

CHRISSY AMPHLETT – THE MELBOURNE CONNECTION
Chrissy grew up in Geelong, where street art based on her life is already in place, –  but she also has a long history in Melbourne, starting at the Collins Street Baptist Church.

This is an important stop on the walking tour, as this is where she was welcomed into the world and also farewelled at a memorial service. Amphlett also worked at The House of Mr. John and Merivale, also in Collins Street.

 

Admiring Amphlett Lane.
Admiring Amphlett Lane.
Amphlett Lane decorated with red roses, October 2016.
Amphlett Lane decorated with red roses, October 2016.
Chrissy Amphlett's birthday in Amphlett Lane, 2016.
Chrissy Amphlett’s birthday in Amphlett Lane, 2016.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE CHRISSY AMPHLETT WALK
In a podcast suitable for download to your mobile phone or MP3 player, interviews with key people in Chrissy’s life and times will take you around places of personal and professional importance to her in the city of Melbourne.

Producer Marshall Cullen  will be working alongside writers Jessica Adams, Tracee Hutchison, Jen Jewel-Brown and Jenny Valentish on the walking tour.

 

Divinyls fans at Amphlett Lane, Melbourne, 2016.
Divinyls fans at Amphlett Lane, Melbourne, 2016.

 

THE DOGS OF AMPHLETT LANE
The Podcast and Walking Tour will answer some of the questions visitors have about Amphlett Lane. Who is the award-winning artist behind the much-photographed portrait of Chrissy’s dogs in her wall mural, for example?  (Clem Burke, Blondie drummer, captured the photograph you see here, on a recent visitor to Melbourne, and relayed it to fans on Twitter). For more information about the podcast, watch this space and stay plugged into AMMP.

Clem Burke (Blondie) on Amphlett Lane.
Clem Burke (Blondie) on Amphlett Lane.
Holiday (Amphlett)
Holiday (Amphlett)
Holiday portrait at Amphlett Lane (Adams)
Holiday portrait at Amphlett Lane (Adams)