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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

THOSE of you with a nag­ging cu­rios­ity about what­ever hap­pened to Bari and the Break­aways, the Throb and the Moods — or even those who would like to know who on earth these peo­ple were — could do worse than get ac­quainted with the new tome Wild About You: The Six­ties Beat Ex­plo­sion in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. This illustrated vol­ume has at­tracted at­ten­tion in the Spin Doc­tor read­ing room not be­cause of its sexy ti­tle but be­cause just about ev­ery­one in­volved in its cre­ation and pro­mo­tion is called Ian, or Iain, to spell it the real way. Ian D. Marks and Iain McIn­tyre are the com­pil­ers of what is an ex­ten­sive and lov­ingly de­tailed ac­count of all the things that went beat in the night 45 years ago, with many pho­tos of truly hideous hair­cuts at­tached to truly hideous suits, ties and in some cases cra­vats. There’s also a run­down with cri­tiques of the 100 best beat and garage sin­gles from the south­ern hemi­sphere dur­ing that time, many of which I con­fess to know­ing lit­tle about but feel com­pelled to seek out. Ian McFar­lane, whose ex­cel­lent En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Aus­tralian Rock and Pop is the best lo­cal mu­sic ref­er­ence book of its kind, con­trib­utes an in­tro­duc­tion to this one. ‘‘Never un­der­es­ti­mate the power this mu­sic holds,’’ he says of the Pur­ple Hearts, the Miss­ing Links and the Black Di­a­monds. ‘‘It’s con­ta­gious, time­less, it’s real.’’ It’s out now. SOME­ONE who has a book out and is not called Ian, or Iain, is Sha­nia Twain, al­though clearly it wouldn’t take much re­ar­rang­ing for the coun­try-pop diva to be­come an Ian or Iain or even Sha­ni­ain, which would be way cool. Any­way, her book From This Mo­ment On is, sur­pris­ingly, about moun­tain climb­ing. Here’s a snip­pet: ‘‘I’ve learned dur­ing my own climbs through life so far that you bet­ter be pre­pared for a few falls if you’re go­ing to tackle a steep moun­tain, as moun­tains get thin­ner as you get higher and so does the dif­fer­ence be­tween fair and un­fair and one’s abil­ity to see clearly while your head is in the clouds. The trick is to hold your head above the clouds in or­der to keep a cool mind and clear vi­sion so you don’t lose sight of your goals.’’ Phew. And never, ever lose sight of your metaphor, Shazza. THE in­dige­nous mu­sic com­mu­nity is hop­ing to ramp up its pro­file this year by launch­ing the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional In­dige­nous Mu­sic Awards. Since its in­cep­tion seven years ago the IMAs have been re­stricted to artists from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory. This year a wealth of tal­ent from across the coun­try will gather for the awards cer­e­mony in its tra­di­tional home of Dar­win. Or­gan­is­ers have lined up some of the most suc­cess­ful Abo­rig­i­nal artists of the past 30 years to per­form, in­clud­ing the Warumpi Band, Coloured Stone and No Fixed Ad­dress. Lead­ing the line-up is ARIA male artist of the year win­ner Dan Sul­tan. The event takes place at Dar­win Am­phithe­atre on Au­gust 19.

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