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From Johnny O’Keefe to Silverchair, Australian rock ‘n’ roll music has seen some massive changes over the years. Capturing four decades of our great southern land’s musical output is a vivid new coffee table book: Australia Rocks! Remembering the Music of the 1950s to 1990s.

By informally exploring the enduring and ever-evolving culture of Australian rock and pop, Australia Rocks! also explores the relationship music culture has shared with Australia’s modern history – demonstrating how generational music trends have shaped and been shaped by social developments, broadcasting technology and much more.

Strewn with iconic and rare photographs, original album artworks, posters, and newspaper clippings (the most amusing of which come from conservative 1950s newspapers reacting to the new rock ‘n’ roll crazes) this hefty hardback book packs a vibrant visual history.

From first glance it is clear that author Lucy Desoto has invested a lot of time researching this book, but what makes her perspective so unique to this subject is that she has lived some of Australia’s rock history herself. Desoto is an internationally recognised rock musician with a Doctorate in Creative Arts, and she was also the partner of 22 years to Peter Wells, the founding member of Rose Tattoo.

Desoto will be launching the book this Sunday with a performance with her band The Handsome Devils at her old stomping ground, The Bridge Hotel. Open to all, this is a fitting tribute to Australian rock. (AM)

Dec 18, from 3pm (book launch & signing 3-5pm, Lucy Desoto and The Handsome Devils performing 6-8pm). The Bridge Hotel, 119 Victoria Road, Rozelle. Free entry.

To purchase a copy of Australia Rocks! (RRP $49.99) go to, Bray’s Books in Balmain, or wherever good books are sold.