Skyhooks were the first beneficiaries of the advent of colour TV (and Countdown specifically). Gone in a flash was the double denim greasy hair of the Sunbury blue-rock years. In came pancake make-up, feather boas, and the sheen of satin flares and white suits.
We began AMMP, the Australian Music Museum Project, to help the campaign for a modern music museum in a country that has never had one. AMMP is really about GLAM Rock (Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums) – 20th century music, preserved. Thanks to all of you who sent in photographs, stories and news. Keep it coming!
In a partnership between Arts Centre Melbourne and ARIA, The Australian Music Vault is now the Melbourne home of GLAM Rock but the mission continues in other states. This is not about glass cases, so much as – guided tours. Podcasts. Whatever works!
Image: The Australian Music Vault.
Beyond the idea of music museums, AMMP is an online space for rusty punk-era badges, treasured bass guitars, Radio Birdman walking tours and more. Find out what’s in Little Pattie’s old fan scrapbooks. Retrace the steps of Melbourne psychedelia at The Thumping Tum – or uncover Grant McLennan’s library. Find out why a Go-Betweens box set is nearly $4000 these days – and what happened to The Saints’ old mixing desk.
Exclusive content, like a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Amphlett Lane in Melbourne by artist Peter Gouldthorpe is part of what AMMP is all about. We also track Australian exhibitions, from libraries to art galleries, which celebrate our past. Want to know where to find a portrait of Michael Hutchence? Start here.
AMMP is about protecting Australian rock. The threatened music venues – particularly the pubs and theatres. It is also about uncovering all the buried Australian rock treasure from the past.
If you want to send in a photograph, make a suggestion, offer a story – then Welcome to Wherever You Are. The future of 20th century Australian music is GLAM. Galleries.Libraries. Archives. Museums. Think of AMMP as one of many digital versions of the above.
Find Out More About the Australian Music Museum Project.
Photograph your Australian music memories – badges, posters, magazines, album covers, t-shirts and send them in. Casettes break. Paper fades. T-shirts fall apart. We need to know what remains. And tell us where and when you saved the memory, if you can. Submit your photo below.