5 September, 2019
Inspired by Dave Brubeck’s timeless hit, we’re taking some time out each month to give you the scoop on five things we’re excited about.
In September, we’re diving into some iconic musical life stories, uncovering some new local talent and heading out for a plate of pasta with a side of jazz.
WHAT WE’RE READING
Our spring reading list is filling up quickly. We’re delving into the lives of some musical icons in September with three very different biographies:
Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
By Gayle Wald
Red hot guitar player. Sublime gospel singer. Idolised by Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles (just to name a few).
There’s a reason Sister Rosetta Tharpe is known as the Godmother of rock-and-roll. This is the first biography uncovering the life, legacy and music of Tharpe. It is an eye-opening read delving into the life of Gospel’s first superstar who charmed white and black audiences alike, staged her own wedding as a concert in a stadium holding 20,000 people and laid the foundations of rock-and-roll as we know it.
I am Damo Suzuki
By Paul Woods
Damo Suzuki is a musical enigma that made his name as the singer of the great experimental German band Can in the early 1970s. The narrative draws on interviews with Suzuki himself, family members, bandmates and friends to evoke the decades-long odyssey of a musical enigma.
Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen
Released 30 September 2019
Commemorating with the Boss’s seventieth birthday, this collection of essays is a stirring tribute to the quintessential American rock star who’s music continues to resonate with fans from all walks of life. The contributors examine the big questions at the heart of Springsteen’s music, his enduring legacy and how his songs became the soundtrack to their lives.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 3 on Netflix
Continuing our deep-dive into some musical history and enduring legends, we’ve been binge-watching the first two series of award-winning docu-series Hip-Hop Evolution. The third season premieres globally on 6 September.
The series features MC and journalist Shad Kabango as he looks at the evolution, impact and future of the genre from its beginnings in the 70s and 80s. So far we’ve seen artist DJ Kool, Run-DMC, Ice-T, Nortorious BIG, the Wu-Tang Clan and The Sugarhill Gang.
Even if you’re not a hip-hop aficionado, this series is worth a watch.
WHAT WE’RE NOT MISSING
Revolutions: Records and Rebels
Still after more music history? September is your last chance to visit the Revolutions: Records and Rebels exhibit at the Melbourne Museum.
The period between 1966 and 1970 brought us a seismic shift in music, politics, fashion and technology. From Beatlemania to Vidal Sassoon, Andy Warhol to Twiggy, Vietnam to the 1967 Referendum for constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples – it was five years that shook the world.
WHAT WE’RE DISCOVERING
Melbourne Fringe, 12-29 September
Melbourne Fringe kicks off next week with a program full of vibrant, innovative and intriguing performances. It’s a massive program. Our advice? Head straight for the music section. There’s something for every music fan.
WHAT WE’RE DOING FOR DATE NIGHT
Jazz at Agostino
Nothing says date night like a plate of ravioli, a glass of red and a night of jazz. You can have it all in one place at Carlton wine bar Agostino. From 7pm every Thursday night in September, you’ll find some of Melbourne’s most talented improvisers in the cellar below this stylish Italian eatery and bar. A new menu accompanies the fresh tunes with delectable small plates to share, silky pastas and over 180 bottles of wine to choose from.
Walk-ins are welcome, but you can book a table here.