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IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTRES HAVE DEFINED AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL HISTORY!!!

October 13, 2010

Art Activism on the run …

Today during a comment session on a said famous social networking site, I came into contact with one of those anecdotal stories that everyone in the world should know … well at least everyone in Australia!

I’ll go a step further than the teller of the said anecdote and call this quick article:

IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTRES HAVE DEFINED AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL HISTORY!!!

Can we get these “legendary” bands to tell their story to the public themselves?  I put the question to you, should we contact their management?

Thanks to Martin for the memories and allowing me to publish it, and also to Shan for the enthusiasm for the viral spreading of good will …

“I grew up just down the road from what is now called Villawood Detention Centre. When I was a kid it was called Villawood Migrant Hostel, which has a much nicer ring to it. It also had no barbed wire and you could come and go as you pleased.

It was for refugees though, people displaced by war, lots of Poles and Jugoslavs, Pommies too (they were economic refugees).

Among them were two Pommie kids called Stevie Wright and Gordon Henry “Snowy”
Fleet, a Scottish boy called George Young, and two Dutch lads Harry Vanda and Dick Diamonde. They went to school at Sefton High, with my big brother. They formed a band while living at the hostel, called the Easybeats. You might have heard of them? George’s little brother Angus later formed a band too, called AC/DC. They also became quite popular.

I’m going out on a limb now and declaring that the Easybeats and AC/DC defined Australian music. Funny, because if they’d arrived today they wouldn’t be allowed out to buy music or instruments!”

Martin Cross

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