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'The music goes round my head' - history of 60s Aust.pop - now available



After nigh on 3 years of research (including contacting more than 100 musos throughout Australia and around the world), writing, typesetting, proofreading, design and printing, my history of Australian pop music from 1964 to 1969 is now out.

The music goes round my head has as its starting point the Beatles' impact on Australia and how musicians then reacted to this here. It follows through to when pop began to diversify into rock, progressive, m.o.r. and teenybopper sounds and moved out of local dances and unlicensed inner city discos into pubs, festivals and fully staged concerts. Appropriately, Billy Thorpe 'bookends' the '60s story. The '70s story? Hmm, maybe that can be for someone else to write!

The book's focus is the music of the era (not so much the fashions, lifestyles, etc.), and covers not only the well known artists from the time, but numerous others less well known whose music was often of equal, sometimes superior quality. 'Pop' was the essentially undiscriminating term for any music that was popular in any way - beat music, r&b, soul, bubblegum, experimental and rock, but also the 'folk' of the Twiliters and the softer sounds of Kamahl. So its range is from the Seekers to the Creatures, and everything else in between - in some cases, beyond!

The music goes round my head pays tribute to those who pursued originality of style and composition; other issues that emerge are the large number of British (and other European) immigrants who were successful in Australian music, similarly, the waves of New Zealanders who tried their luck here to varying success, the emergence of 'scenes' in state capitals and rural regions away from the Sydney-Melbourne axis, attempts to succeed overseas, and, the limited opportunities for female artists (question - which now hugely successful Australian woman never recorded a single here?)

The book is a larger format 400 page locally printed paperback with gloss laminated cover and it is illustrated with more than 1000 margin size photos and other archival images. It's fully referenced and indexed, with an alphabetical list of all songs referred to. It also commences with a short preface that traces earlier popular music - folk, jazz, rock'n'roll - that was imported here from Britain, and then America from white settlement to 1963.

A limited edition of 1000 copies has been produced and 50% of the $40 price - a potential $20,000 - will be donated to Support Act, the Australian musicians' benevolent charity (I'm not making any money out of this - the total experience in producing it has been something money can't buy!) Packaging and postage on average will be $10 within Australia (overseas negotiable).

Advance copies are now available by e.mailing me at roundmyhead@gmail.com Payment can be by internet funds transfer or Paypal. A website www.roundmyhead.com will also be live, hopefully this week.

I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to Duncan, Paul, Micko and other enthusiastic contributors who have set up and maintained Midoztouch (as well as those with invaluable other sites, such as Milesago and Poparchives) and posted the music (notwithstanding the specialist record labels) and images without which the project would not have been possible. A special mention also to k1w1 for his superb Ozburn project. And I gratefully acknowledge other researchers, biographers and archivists whose work has previously helped preserve this important era.

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CONGRATULATIONS Dave, I for one have avidly watched this book's progress since you joined us a few years ago now, and needless to say have been looking forward to it being published

So well done on finally getting it out there. You can expect an order from me over the next few days, that's for sure and I would hope several other Midozzers will likewise do the same

Please let us know when the website is active & I will post a thread on Rock 'n' Roll Scars too. Meantime I'll make this a sticky thread, so that it's always close to the top and then no-one will be able to say they didn't know it was out there

With all the work you have put into it, I hope it's a huge success for ya mate

Cheers

Micko

Oh & the answer to that female singer who has never recorded in Oz would be Helen Reddy, although Olivia NJ hadn't either until the last 10 years

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This looks fantastic Dave - I will definitely be ordering a copy!

Tom

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A great effort Dave, well done.
Shall be ordering a copy too.
Looking forward to a great read.
Cheers
Scribbo

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Well done Dave. Will be getting a copy for sure. Looking forward to it.

Ozzie & Mrs. Ozzie

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Thanks very much for these comments, Micko, Tom, Scribbo and Mr.& Mrs.Ozzie - and I meant to say in my previous message, "Happy Fathers' Day" to any celebrating it.

And thanks Micko for making it a 'sticky thread' - sounds like I'm ensnared in a spider's web! Yes, I hadn't actually thought about this, but no doubt Helen Reddy is the answer to my trivia question. I actually meant Olivia (not realising that she had recorded here in recent years). In researching the book I found it incredible that someone who was frequently on TV, especially the Go!! Show (and the compere's girlfriend) never recorded during the '60s until she arrived in the UK - while Marcie Jones, Yvonne Barrett, Pat Carroll and other contemporaries of hers had several singles out during that time. A mystery.

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David:-

Sounds great mate! My order will be "in the e.mail" soon! Cheers JohnG

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Congratulations on this fantastic effort.


Hagar

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Fantastic - I've already been in touch with Dave.

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Congratulations Dave, You have achieved something that most of us would not even attampt due to the complexity of the task. Thanks for your efforts and I too will be ordering very soon

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Thanks all you guys. I've been rapt with the number of Midoztouch orders. I hope it lives up to everyone's expectations!

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Dave,
Congratulations in putting the baby to bed! A great big thank you from me for your hard work and to all the others who made it possible. Here's hoping it is a huge seller and you have to write a follow-up! My order will be in shortly

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Received it in the post today - looks fantastic! Cannot wait to read it. Cheers Dave.

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I'm being interviewed about my book on Red Symons' show tomorrow morning (Tues.14/9) at 6.45am and extensively on Ron Glover's show on MDR (Mountain District Radio, Dandenong Ranges 97.1FM) Wednesday between 11am at 2pm.

Other interviews coming up in a week or two include Gary Young on Melbourne's RRR, Mick Pealing on INR-FM and Brian Wise on 'Off the record', RRR.

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I didn't get to hear you "live" on Red's show as I am already on the train by that time, but hear is the link to the interview:

http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/programs/melbourne_breakfast/

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Dave,
I received my copy today and am touched that my band is mentioned. That is not the reason I wanted the book but it is nice to know that our name is preserved in history. I am humbled by your generosity to Support Act. I know that there are people in the industry who do need help and you will be remembered for that. The bonus is the information contained within. I will be able to peruse it at my leisure and discover new and exciting things about people that I had heard but never got the opportunity to see perform. To all Midozers, you need to buy a copy!! A mighty job well done and a sincere thank you

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Thanks for these nice compliments Dave.

I'm gratified by similar from others mentioned in the book:

Gary Young "…the book arrived yesterday and I haven't been able to get my head out of it. It's absolutely FANTASTIC…the DEFINITIVE book about '60s Oz rock...On every page I've learnt something new about the old (if ya get what I mean!)" and…

Judy Jacques "Congratulations on your book! It is an incredibly comprehensive and scholarly work, without the 'hype'. A HUGE amount of work and I appreciate very much being included."

If you still want to know more, and hear some great Aussie music from the era I'm on Mick Pealing's Wrokdown INR 96.5FM radio show on Friday at 8.00am (streamed at http://www.innerfm.org.au/portal07/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=689&Itemid=74) and am essentially co-hosting Gary Young's 'Chicken Mary' show on RRR on Monday between 2 and 4 (streaming - http://www.rrr.org.au/programs/streaming/)

Hope you'll forgive all the attention I seem to be drawing to myself. Be assured, I'm definitely not the star of this venture, it's the music, the people,and, through the charity, their wellbeing.

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I got my copy a couple of days ago in the post and have not been able to put it down. I am already racing through 1968 and am getting upset that it has to end all too soon.

I have to say, I read a lot of music books but this has to be one of the best I have come across in a long time. It's certainly the best book I have ever read about Australian pop music - better even than Iain McIntyre's "Tomorrow Is Today". A good balance between fact, anecdote, period feel, detail and overview - and a riveting narrative as well.


I take my hat off to you and I hope the book does really well.

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Hope you'll forgive all the attention I seem to be drawing to myself. Be assured, I'm definitely not the star of this venture, it's the music, the people,and, through the charity, their wellbeing.

You are right David, you are not THE star, But you are certainly one of the stars and fully deserve the admiration and the thanks of us all.
A tremendous effort for a tremendous result


Hagar

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Dave, I revieved the book today... YOU are the MAN. It far exceeded all my expectations. I can't put it down.
Thank you so much

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Well done Dave.
My copy arrived today & really has diverted my attention from the other three books I'm reading at present.
It'll have pride of place in the Oz section of my little rock library.

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Great job Dave.....a terrific read and record of a pivotal period in Australian music history. It's an absolute credit to you and hopefully the Australian Musicians' Benevolent Charity will reap a fitting reward of your efforts.

Cheers,
RAM

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Got my copy today in the mail. Very impressed with everything in the book.

Thank you David for this publication, it will take pride in place with the other Aussie '60s books & magazines that I have at my disposal!!

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Thanks again for the compliments - makes it all worth while. For those who hesitate to buy online, copies are now available at The Last Record Store in Smith Street, Brunswick, and I'm negotiating with Readings and Vicious Sloth (all in Melbourne, sorry interstate Midozers at this stage). Harry Butler's Oz Music Shop in Adelaide, and Chris Spencer's Moonlight Publishing seem likely to carry copies too, but, once again, they are online stores. There's more description of the book at the Support Act site - http://www.supportact.com.au/ss/salutations-201009p06-2

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Dave,
I decided to pace myself reading your book - there's too much onfo to try to digest in a hurry so I'm taking it easy &, I suspect, enjoying all the more.
I'm also pleased that I don't agree with everything you've written. It's good to argue with a book, not with the statements of fact of course just with personal observations, asides etc. Some day I'll ahve to take you to task about Gene Vincent & the Elvis clone comment but for now, it's back to the book to enjoy & learn some more AUSSIE stuff.

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David - Let us know if you get the book into Readings.

I will then recommend it as a purchase to the public libraries where I am a member - some of these seem to use Readings as their supplier.

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As well as directly from www.roundmyhead.com, my book is now available from Vicious Sloth Collectables, High Street, Malvern; Greville Records, Prahran and The Last Record Store, Smith Street, Collingwood. More to come.

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Thanks Dave. Have put my order in, Looking forward to the read. Cheers Radar

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Book has arrived, Thanks Dave. Will start reading on weekend.

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'The music goes round my head' is now available from Basement Discs, Block Place, Melb.CBD.

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Got my copy on Friday & I hate it already!!!

Didn't mow the lawn; didn't wash the car; didn't do my housework and ate takeaway all weekend!!!!!
Can't get my head out of the ****ed thing, and what's worse is that I'm only up to 1966, so it
looks like the rest of the week is shot too!!

It's a great read Dave, many many thanks.

Cheers,

Chris

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Sounds like the perfect recommendation Chris

Either that or you just read too darn slow

Cheers

Micko

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'The music goes round my head' is now available from Collins Books, Main Street, Croydon (Melbourne eastern suburb).

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Have finished the book. Great read, loved it. Like Chris it drew me in and i just wanted to keep going till i finished. Well done dave.

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Dave,

Sorry for the scare I gave you with my previous post & thanks for the email.

I've (finally) finished the book - I did have to go to work which slowed the pace a bit - and felt obliged to reiterate what a fabulous read it was.
I'm sure I'll pick it up again & enjoy it just as much in a few months & find things I missed this time.
Congratulations to yourself & all concerned with the publishing. How nice to see it printed in Australia as well. Fabulous work!!
Have you maybe considered 1970 - 1979 with the likes of AC/DC, Angels, Chisel, & the Aussie pub rock phenomenon etc as a follow up volume? Just a thought.
Who needs to cut grass, do housework or eat properly anyway?

Regards,

Chris

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It's been a big year finally getting my book finished and published. Many thanks to all those Midozers who've bought it, read it, and, in some cases, taken the time to send compliments (and in some cases, constructive criticism).

Those wishing to purchase now have multiple options.

It is available from me by e.mailing roundmyhead@gmail.com Price is $40, with total cost incl.pack&post now anywhere in Australia $50.00 (overseas orders negotiable). Payment can be by Paypal or direct funds transfer.

It is also available online from Adelaide's Oz Music Books www.ozmusicbooks.com/oz-music-books/books-music/australian-and-new-zealand-music-books/other-australian-music-books?Page=2&Items=12

In and around Melbourne you can pick it up for $40 per book over the counter at those wonderful book/music specialist stores:
Basement Discs, Block Place (off Collins Street), Melbourne CBD
Essendon 2nd.Hand CDs, Records & Books, 20 Russell Street, Essendon
Readings (Carlton store), Lygon Street
The Last Record Store, Smith Street, Collingwood,
Vicious Sloth Collectables, High Street, Malvern
Greville Records, Greville Street, Prahran
The Balwyn Book Shop, Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
Collins Books, Croydon

and, if you're coming up to the beautiful Yarra Valley,
Mocha and Lime, Green Street, Healesville

I hope all Midozers have a great Christmas and a music-filled 2011.
David Johnston

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Hi David,

Just finished reading the book!! What a sensation!!!! Fantastic read. Congratulations on a mighty effort!
To those who havent grabbed a copy, as Molly would say...Do Yourself A favour!!!!! Cheers

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I am very pleased to announce that David has produced an audio version of his 'The Music Goes Round My Head' book, exclusively for our radio station.

In this series of audio chapters, David will be reading his own written word and further enhancing the narrative by playing much of the music that he so
richly explores in the book.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be airing the 30 minute introduction to David’s audio-book, with the series of full hour audio-chapters to follow in 2012.

Please keep an eye out for announcements regarding air dates and repeat times.

The entire production is David’s. I would like to congratulate him for creating an engaging, high-quality audio interpretation of his own written work.

Thank you David for taking the time and skills to produce this outstanding series for MiR.

Regards, Graham


Some notes...

.The TMGRMH audio book has been developed exclusively for MiR.

.As the content contains copyrighted music, we are unable (i.e. MiR is not licensed to) provide the content as podcasts, or variations thereof.

.David’s book is available for purchase – please see details in the above thread.

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The date for the initial airing of the introductory chapter is

Tuesday, 13th December at 7:30PM(AEDT).

David will be joining us for the initial playing, so we hope you can join us at that time.

There will also be repeats of the episode, see here for those air times:
http://midozradionotes.wordpress.com/the-music-goes-round-my-head/

thanks, Graham

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David

just wondering if there are going to be anymore "spoken word" installments of your excellent book ???

enjoyed listening to your 2 installments traveling in the car, beats the radio for sure..

cheers

woodynet

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