Pig City: From the Saints to Savage Garden (10th Anniversary Edition)

Pig City: From the Saints to Savage Garden (10th Anniversary Edition)

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From cult heroes the Saints and the Go-Betweens to national icons Powderfinger and international stars Savage Garden, Brisbane has produced more than its share of great bands. But behind the music lay a ghost city of malice and corruption. Pressed under the thumb of the Bjelke-Petersen government and its toughest enforcers - the police - Brisbane's musicians, radio announcers and political activists braved ignorance, harassment and often violence to be heard.

Pig City's reputation has grown in the decade since its first publication. In 2007, Queensland Music Festival staged the book as an all-day music event, headlined by the first performance in nearly 30 years by the original line-up of the Saints. This updated 10th anniversary edition features a scathing new introduction by the author, assessing the changing shape of Brisbane, its music, and troubling developments since the return of the state of Queensland to conservative governance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 141 x 205 x 28mm | 446g
  • St Lucia, Australia
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0702253332
  • 9780702253331
  • 77,186

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"Stafford has crafted a kick-arse music history out of some awesome research." --John Birmingham, author the Axis of Time trilogy "Stafford has produced a lively, original account of the way that the oppressive culture of Joh Bjelke-Petersen's Queensland spawned a vibrant musical subculture informed by place, politics, and an era of protest." --Age "Compelling and superbly paced." --Courier-Mail
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About Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford is a freelance writer who has also worked as a university tutor and environmental consultant.
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