From classic rock bands like AC/DC and Men at Work to country music legend Slim Dusty or pop icons Kylie Minogue and Olivia Netwton-John, Australia has a rich music culture. As the weather warms up, it’s a great time to set up your perfect summer playlist with some Aussie music legends.
Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. Keep reading to learn more about your favourite local artists and find some great summer tunes.
Celebrate Aussie music and show your support for local artists on Friday 18 November for Ausmusic T-Shirt Day.
Did you know:
- Angus Young first premiered his schoolboy look in 1974, and it's become a staple of his performances for more than four decades. Young got the idea when his older sister Margaret and older brother and bandmate Malcolm suggested it.
- The iconic Nutbush line dance to Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits is unique to Australia. The origins are unclear, but the dance rose to prominence in the 1980s.
- With the release of ‘Wild One’ by Johnny O’Keefe, Australia had discovered its first national rock star. O’Keefe, or JOK as he was more fondly known, was also the first Australian rock star to tour America.
- Have you heard of the The Eagle Drop? Participants drop their pants at the start of Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool, dance in their boxers or jocks, then pull their pants up at the end of the song. (We don’t suggest trying this at your local pub though!).
- In 1982 Men At Work topped the charts simultaneously in the USA and the UK with both their single “Downunder’ and the album ‘Business As Usual’. As of 2020, only eleven other artists have achieved this feat: The Beatles, The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga.
Libraries love these eBooks:
- Doc: The Life and Times of Aussie Rock Legend Doc Neeson by Jon Bradshaw
- Shirl: The Life and Times of a Legendary Larrikin by Jeff Apter
- My Idol Years by Mark Holden
- Tell Me Why: The Story of my Life and my Music by Archie Roach
- Bad Boy Boogie: The true story of AC/DC legend Bon Scott by Jeff Apter
- Boy from the Bush: The Songs and The Stories by Lee Kernaghan
- Behind Dark Eyes: The True Story of Jon English by Jeff Apter
- Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch
- The Angels by Bob Yates
- Friday on my Mind: The Life of George Young by Jeff Apter
- Killing Time: Short Stories from the long road home by Jimmy Barnes
- Chasing the Dragon: The Life and Death of Marc Hunter by Jeff Apter
To get started download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your membership number and password.
Listen on the go with these eAudiobooks:
- Michael: My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS by Jen Jewel Brown
- High Voltage: The Life of Angus Young – AC/DC’s Last Man Standing by Jeff Apter
- Hey True Blue by John Williamson
- Lovers, Dreamers, Fighters by Lo Carmen
- Poster Girl by Beccy Cole
- Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch
- Keith Urban: His Amazing Journey from Daydreamer to Superstar by Jeff Apter
- Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes
- Bon The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DCs Back in Black by Jesse Fink
- Big Blue Sky: A Memoir by Peter Garrett
To get started download the BorrowBox, Libby and uLibrary apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Browse for inspiration with these eMagazines:
- Australian Guitar
- Billboard Magazine
To get started using free eMagazines download the Libby app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your library membership number and password.
Watch these military movies on Beamafilm:
- Mystify – Michael Hutchence: A powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned frontman on INXS, Michael Hutchence\
- Gurrumul: Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia
- Midnight Oil 1984: In 1984, Midnight Oil released their iconic record Red Sails in the Sunset. That same year, their lead singer Peter Garrett committed to run for a Senate seat for the Nuclear Disarmament Party.
- The Sunnyboy: Follow the journey of Jeremy Oxley, enigmatic lead singer of the 80s band The Sunnyboys as he emerges from a 30-year battle with schizophrenia
- Paul Kelly – Stories of Me: Charts the remarkable life of one of Australia’s most gifted and beloved singer-songwriters
- It’s Raining Pleasure – The Triffids: The four-night reunion of a seminal 80s Aussie band
First time customers, select Add Library Card and enter your member number and password. Create a Beamafilm account, then verify your email address.
Set up a playlist with these Australian artists on Freegal:
- Christine Anu
- Midnight Oil
- Lee Kernaghan
- Amy Shark
- Savage Garden
- Human Nature
- The Kid LAROI
- Delta Goodrem
- Parkway Drive
- Natalie Imbruglia
First time customers, select log in and enter your library membership number and password.
More library resources
- Want to learn how to play a musical instrument? Get the training you need to stay ahead with expert-led music courses on LinkedIn Learning. Log in with your library membership number and password.
- Oxford Music Online is the world’s premier online music encyclopedia for music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship. It is also the gateway to Grove Music Online, the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music. Sign in to the State Library of Queensland.
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