The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame inductees for 2015. Photograph by Martin Philbey
This year marks the tenth anniversary of The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame and to celebrate we’ve extended our star-studded exhibition highlighting the musical careers of this year’s inductees: AC/DC, Bill Armstrong, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, the Palais Theatre, Archie Roach, Stan Rofe, The Seekers, Sunbury Festival and The Thunderbirds.
Each of this year’s inductees has been instrumental in creating the lively and diverse Australian music scene we enjoy today. Early rock ‘n’ rollers The Thunderbirds started the ball rolling in dance halls across Melbourne. Radio DJ Stan ‘The Man’ Rofe and sound engineer Bill Armstrong introduced young listeners to the sounds that would define their generation.
Stan Rofe crowning John Farnham King of Pop, November 1969. Photograph by Laurie Richards. Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection
The breakthrough international successes enjoyed by The Seekers, Olivia Newton-John, and later AC/DC paved the way for Australian bands to take a chance overseas. Closer to home, John Farnham’s power ballads and anthemic pop songs bridged the generation gap while Archie Roach quietly opened our eyes to the plight of Australia’s Stolen Generations. The pivotal role played by venues and events in connecting musicians with new audiences has also been recognised this year with the induction of the Sunbury Festival and St Kilda’s elegant Palais Theatre.
The Age Music Victoria 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame exhibition features more than 50 items connected to the inductees including memorable costumes, rarely seen before photographs, striking posters, programmes and album covers. Highlights include one of Angus Young’s early AC/DC schoolboy suits, Judith Durham’s stunning 1960s beaded performance gown, Kylie Minogue’s red sequined “Better The Devil You Know” costume worn at The Palais Theatre and original recording equipment from the legendary Armstrong recording studio. The items are drawn from Arts Centre Melbourne’s extensive Performing Arts Collection or have kindly been lent by the performers themselves.
Come in and see the exhibition in the St Kilda Road Foyer before it closes. Last day Sunday 3 April 2016.