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.