State Library of South Australia

Adelaide goes Pop!

Date: 27 November 2013

Do you remember the Hi Fi Club in Adelaide, Bev Harrell, The Twilights and Young Modern music magazine? Yes, it was the swinging 60s in Adelaide when our home-grown music scene was bursting with life.

Cover of a Young Modern music magazine from the early 1960s featuring Adelaide rock n roll dance band The Drifters Vol 2 No 35 17 June 1963
Cover of a Young Modern music magazine from the early 1960s featuring Adelaide rock’n’roll dance band, The Drifters (Vol 2, No. 35, 17 June 1963)

Rekindle your memories or discover what you missed, by popping in to the State Library from December 5th and through summer, when our Treasures Wall on Level 1 will be filled with memorabilia of a time when Adelaide danced to the beat of pop.

Original artifacts of the day, sometimes donated by the artists themselves, will send you back to the era when there was a Dance or a Club in almost every area and live groups were the order of the day (and night).

Rockin' beat groups and solo singers played in clubs all over the city, suburbs and country towns with artists regularly emerging from SA, particularly from the Elizabeth region, to hit the national stage.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is memorabilia of the band, The Master's Apprentices - banners, posters, awards, a pillow case and much more - donated to the State Library by their original manager, Graham Longley.

We will also display items from the late 60s and early 70s, including photos from the Myponga pop festival, to show how the scene changed.

Stay tuned for the free Memory Lane music event the Library will also be staging in our forecourt over summer. Featuring Adelaide music bands of the 60s, the event is being coordinated with the Library by Peter Tilbrook, former member of the Master's Apprentices.

Story by Mark Gilbert

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