Let there be rock!
One night in a club called “The Shaking Hand”
There was a ninety-two decibel rocking band
And the music was good and the music was loud
And the singer turned and he said to the crowd –
Let there be rock
Let there be rock!, a forthcoming gallery exhibition at HOTA Home of the Arts takes inspiration from AC/DC’s boisterous album of the same name.
For three decades from the 1970s to 1999, the Gold Coast was a hot-spot on the bucket-list of Australia’s live music touring circuit. With iconic venues like The Playroom, Bombay Rock, The Patch, Jet Club and Fisherman’s Wharf, the Coast played host to some of the hottest and most notorious international and Australian music acts; as well as some of our best local talent. From The Ramones and Cold Chisel at The Playroom, to INXS and The Go-Betweens at Bombay Rock; and Nirvana and The Violent Femmes at “Fisho’s”; this exhibition celebrates the heyday of hard-core rock and entertainment through stories, memorabilia, photos and footage.
“It was violent and wild. This is back in the days when groupies were rabid, punters were violent and the bouncers had just been released from prison!” – Steve Kilbey; The Church on playing The Jet Club, Coolangatta
Maker unknown, Playroom neon sign c.1980-1989, neon, electrical component, steel
Collection, Gallery at HOTA. Gifted by the citizens of the Gold Coast to future generations 2017
Rennie Ellis, Kym Hosking, Sheba, The Playroom, Gold Coast (detail) 1983, digital print, State Library of Victoria collection