From cult heroes the Saints and the Go-Betweens to national icons Powderfinger and international stars Savage Garden, Brisbane has produced more than its share of great bands. But behind the music lay a ghost city of malice and corruption. Pressed under the thumb of the Bjelke-Petersen government and its toughest enforcers – the police – Brisbane's musicians, radio announcers and political activists braved ignorance, harassment and often violence to be heard.
Pig City maps the shifts in musical, political and cultural consciousness that have shaped the city's history and identity. This is Brisbane's story.
Pig City's reputation has grown in the decade since its first publication. In 2007, Queensland Music Festival staged the book as an all-day music event, headlined by the first performance in nearly 30 years by the original line-up of the Saints. This updated 10th anniversary edition features a scathing new introduction by the author, assessing the changing shape of Brisbane, its music, and troubling developments since the return of the state of Queensland to conservative governance.
About the Author
Born in Melbourne in 1971, Andrew Stafford has worked as a freelance writer, university tutor and occasional environmental consultant. Because none of these things is especially lucrative, you may also find him behind the wheel of a cab, an occupation where he finds a rich source of story ideas. His journalism has been published in the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Geographic and Rolling Stone.
"Stafford has produced a lively, original account of the way that the oppressive culture of Joh Bjelke-Petersen's Queensland spawned a vibrant musical subculture informed by place, politics, and an era of protest." "--Age"
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 25th June 2014
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Special edition