It’s easy to

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ro­man­ti­cise the drug-fu­elled, sex-crazed rock’n’ roll years of the ’70s and ’80s – the he­do­nis­tic mis­be­haviour that was tol­er­ated if not cel­e­brated. Bands wouldn’t get away with it now – try to imag­ine Led Zep­pelin, say, even ex­ist­ing in 2018. The hugely pop­u­lar Aus­tralian band Sticky Fingers is pos­i­tively tame by com­par­i­son: drugs, al­co­hol and be­hav­ing like id­iots at times. But the cam­paign to shut them down has been some­thing else. Mu­sic fes­ti­vals that hire them face protests, pe­ti­tions and can­cel­la­tion threats from other artists. It’s the way of the world in these #metoo times when truth, ru­mours and lies are mixed and am­pli­fied by Twit­ter war­riors. Or­gan­i­sa­tions are overly sen­si­tive to con­tro­versy – Ger­maine Greer is now con­sid­ered too rad­i­cal a fig­ure to ap­pear at Mel­bourne or Bris­bane writ­ers’ weeks. But it’s a sad day when those with very lit­tle ev­i­dence but shouty voices can cruel ca­reers and limit who, and what, we get to hear.

hEart of thE na­tion

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