Rockbrat News Flash: Rock Chicks Exhibition and Launch Party !

Mr Rockbrat recently visited the Rock Chicks Exhibition, currently on at the Melbourne Arts Centre – and running until the end of February 2011. The whole concept of celebrating women in Australian music via assorted forms of media and memorabilia is a great idea – and a long overdue one at that. It would be great if this exhibition went on the road and visited other capital cities – however that won’t be the case so you’d best get to Melbourne and check this out before it shuts. There are many great artists featured along with records, guitars, stage clothes, photographs, assorted memorabilia and much much more. Of particular interest to Mr Rockbrat was the Girl Monstar display – who were Australia’s greatest all-girl outfit – and whose recognition at a display like this is long overdue. Susie World’s drum head hangs proudly on the wall – battered and bruised by the Bardot of Percussion – during a couple of hundred live gigs but still in one piece. Vocalist Sherry Valier’s make-up case is on display, along with a set-lists and some rare photographs and live video. To the right sits a school uniform once worn by Christina Amphlett adjacent a vintage Divinyls street poster from the early 80’s…..and so it continues. Nitocris to Magic Dirt, X to the Moodists to Marcia Hines and Railroad Gin. Many acts have been covered here – it’s an exhibition which is well researched and well run – and it’s free entry to boot ! The Arts Centre is only a short stroll from Flinders Street Station so be sure to visit this exhibition before it shuts in February. To officially launch the exhibition, a concert was held outside the Centre on Friday 12th November 2010, and featured some great performers. Clare Moore and Rebecca Barnard were there, and I also saw performances from former

Railroad Gin vocalist Carol Lloyd, Morgana from Nitocris and Adalita from Magic Dirt fame. The rain which teamed down did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of all who were in attendance and a good time was had by all.  

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