Wild About You!: The Sixties Beat Explosion in Australia and New Zealand

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The astonishing outpouring of rock’n’roll in the mid-1960s in Australia and New Zealand produced such iconic bands as the Easybeats, the Masters Apprentices, the La De Da’s, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, the Loved Ones, and the Missing Links. It was also the launching pad for a generation of musicians who would go on to far greater fame with groups like the Bee Gees, Little River Band, Daddy Cool, Spectrum, and the Coloured Balls.

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But that’s only half the story: there were also many lesser-known bands who also created music of enduring brilliance and power during those explosive years. The Black Diamonds, the Elois, Chants R&B, the Others, the Bluestars, and the Moods, to name just a few, may have achieved only fleeting public acclaim, but each released at least one single (in some cases, their only release) that ranks among the best of the entire decade.

From pop icons to underground legends, this book has them all. There are chapters on 35 of the bands who made the scene, along with the authors’ list of the top 100 beat and garage songs of the period. Profusely illustrated with 400 photographs and reproductions of flyers and record labels, and with a detailed discography, Wild About You! is the definitive account of a unique time in rock history.

Bands featured include:
the Throb, the Atlantics, the Missing Links, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, the Twilights, the Easybeats, Toni McCann, Ray Columbus and the Invaders, the Pink Finks, Bari and the Breakaways, the Purple Hearts, Chants R&B, the La De Da’s, the Loved Ones, the Underdogs, Peter and the Silhouettes/the Tol-Puddle Martyrs, the Black Diamonds, the Creatures, the Bluestars, the Elois, the Masters Apprentices, the In-Sect, Running Jumping Standing Still.

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Author Ian D. Marks / Iain McIntyre
Publisher Verse Chorus Press
Page Count 352pp
Publication Size 8 x 10
Publication Notes softcover, b/w
Publication Date May 2011
ISBN 978-1891241284

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