EVENT: Rock and Roll Roadies
VENUE: Ember Lounge – MEMO Music Hall
ADDRESS: 88 Acland St, St Kilda
DATE: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
TIME: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
COST: Full $25 CONCESSION $15
This is your backstage pass to the hidden side of the music industry – the tantrums, the fights, the tensions, the indulgence, the sex, the alcohol, the drugs. The roadies see it all, and now they are sharing their secrets.
Roadies are the unsung heroes of the Australian music industry. They unload the PAs and equipment, they set it all up, they make sure everything is running smoothly before, during and after the gigs. Then they pack everything up in the middle of the night, put it in the back of the truck and hit the road to another town – to do it all over again.
They know everything about the pre- and post-show excesses. They bear witness to overdoses, the groupies, the obsessive fans. They are part of – and often organise – all the craziness that goes on behind the scenes of the concerts and pub gigs you go to. From The Rolling Stones to AC/DC, Bob Marley to Courtney Love, Sherbet to The Ted Mulry Gang, INXS to Blondie – the roadies have seen it all. And now they’re stepping onto the stage and talking.
The Roadies’ Creed: If it’s wet, drink it. If it’s dry, smoke it. If it moves, **** it. If it doesn’t move, throw it in the back of the truck.
‘Fabulous . . . a bold portrait’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on Stuart Coupe’s GUDINSKI
THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.
Roadies have always been the unsung heroes of the Australian music business. Now – with the publication of Stuart coupe’s new book, Roadies – A Secret History Of Australian Rock’n’Roll – that is changing.
Stuart will be presenting a special St Kilda Writers Week panel on the three Rs – Roadies, Rock’n’roll and Rriting (see, he never could spell) on Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
Joining him will be a panel including Tana Douglas, the world’s first female roadie who’s worked with AC/DC, Elton John, Santana and a host of others, along with a number of other legends of the road.
Music journalist, broadcaster, promoter, band manager and writer, Stuart has managed acts including Hoodoo Gurus and Paul Kelly and broadcasts on Sydney radio stations 2SER and FBi. His books include biographies of Tex Perkins, Tex (2017) and Michael Gudinski, Gudinski: The Godfather of Australian Rock & Roll (2015) and The Promoters (2003). Stuart’s next book about music industry roadies will be published at the time of SKWW 2018
Tana Douglas is the first female roadie ever and has worked with diverse acts starting w AC/DC and then Status Quo.
Michael Letho is a recording engineer producer specializing in all forms of music, speech, sound effects and psychoacoustic work.His work has crossed all musical spectrums from Joni Mitchell to Rush, RocKwiz to Underbelly, Two Hands to The Way Back.Michael has extensive experience with doctors using music to assist stress management with patients and families.Among many commercially creative andHis ongoing work continues with the latest innovations in technology and how people can use music and relaxation to improve general health and quality of life.Michael is 58, enjoying over 40 years within the world of professional musicians and recording producers, having been trained by some of the most generous and inspiring people one may ever meet.