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Rockin' the City of Churches

A History of Recorded Pop Music in Adelaide in the 1960s

Nowhere else in the world was the hysteria and euphoria created by The Beatles more frenzied than in Adelaide, South Australia where an estimated 300,000 people turned out to welcome them on their arrival on June 12, 1964.

Building on the foundation laid by the Penny Rockets, the city’s premier rock ‘n’ roll band up to that point, Adelaide experienced an explosion of creativity in the wake of the Fab Four’s visit. The Twilights, Zoot, The Vibrants, Masters Apprentices and Bev Harrell soon emerged to become some of the nation’s biggest pop stars during the second half of the decade.

Rockin’ the City of Churches tells the story of the rich music scene in Adelaide in the 1960s and of all those famous (and infamous) acts who managed to leave behind at least one precious piece of black vinyl, a time capsule to be later exhumed, dusted off and appreciated by future generations of record collectors. A must-have book for all serious fans of Australian music.

  • Publisher: Brolga Publishing (December 16, 2020)
  • Length: 350 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780909608538