Rock 'n' Roll baby

Exercise your ears

No matter if your first concert was The Cockroaches (yes folks, that was indeed how The Wiggles started out!) at local Alexandra Headlands venue Chifleys in the 80s or something bigger and more worldly like U2 at the ANZ stadium, most of us love a bit of live rock ‘n’ roll or digging through and blasting out our favourites!

Research has shown that music can affect your ability to perceive time so what better way to pass the long days at home than tapping into your favourite tunes! Other benefits include boosting your immune system, evoking good memories, making you smarter and a better communicator and elevating your mood and mental alertness.

Try out these different ways for incorporating more music into your days:

  • Show some Aussie spirit by playing only Australian bands for a whole day – teach your kids who you love.
  • Create your own nightclub atmosphere then stage a family dance off and video the results.
  • Use Freegal to create a cleaning playlist and dance your way through the chores… soooo much better this way!
  • Watch and listen to some old episodes of Countdown.
  • Dig out the vinyl and dust off those old CD’s and have a Throwback Thursday music session.
  • Check out a few episodes of Rage on ABC iView.
  • Take a look at the Live Music Archive online for recently shared performances and past events.
  • Create your own top 40 from your teen years and share with friends.

Music was part of human lives more than 30,000 years ago and continues to this day to light up the pleasure centres in our brain, so do not hold back – just Rock on Baby! 

Coachella: 20 years in the desert: this documentary opens up the vault for the very first time to present the performances and behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the music festival. The film gives a rare look at Coachella’s colorful beginning, presents exclusive, never-before-seen footage, interviews, and features key performances from some of the biggest names in music.

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Rock eBooks

Rock out reading these rocking biography eBooks:

  • 50 years the Rolling Stones: 1967-1971: Essential anthology on the Rolling Stones and Rock ‘n’ Roll History by Hanspeter Kunzler 
  • High voltage: The life of Angus Young – ACDC’s Last man standing by Jeff Apter 
  • Hallo Spaceboy: the rebirth of David Bowie by Dave Thompson

Take these simple eBook steps to access more rock eBooks.  

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and passwords.

Rock eAudiobooks 

Exercise your ears with these awesome rock eAudiobooks:

  • Me: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John
  • Michael by Tina Hutchence
  • Lady Gaga: Queen of pop by Emilhy Herbert
  • Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
  • Rock Chicks by Alison Stieven-Taylor

Rock documentaries 

Bone up on your rock ‘n’ roll history with these documentaries:

  • Discovering Queen Regarded as the ultimate stadium rock band, Queen dominated the charts across the world in the 70s and 80s. This documentary looks to the influences cast on the early days of the band and their formidable front man Freddie Mercury, how they continually pushed the musical envelope with each album throughout their career and left a legacy of outstanding songs and videos that shaped popular culture.
  • Ian Dury: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Probably the most atypical star in the history of popular music, Ian Dury overcame Polio to be one of the most iconic figures of the late punk movement. With his supercharged live performances and unique blend of sexually poetic lyrics, Ian Dury achieved critical acclaim from both his fans and fellow artists. From his early days with Kilburn and the High Roads to his superstardom with the Blockheads, Ian Dury was a complicated cocktail of warmth, wit, bile and bombast... quite simply he was unique and unforgettable.
  • I am What I Play: The rock radio DJ once played an unprecedented creative role in the rock music world. I Am What I Play profiles four DJs in major markets: their programming, their politics, and their deep connections with musicians and fans in the heyday of rock radio. Where are they now and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed?

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Rock eMagazines

Feast your eyes on these great music eMagazines.

  • Rolling Stone
  • Guitar Player

Rock blogs

Stay up-to-date with this great music blog:

The AU Review Discover the best new music on Australia's premiere independent online publication.

Retro rock ‘n’ roll

Who remembers crowding round the family TV for your regular dose of Countdown with Australian legend Ian Mollie Meldrum? Enjoy this flashback of Countdown hosted by John Farnham on March 1, 1975 which includes footage of Skyhooks and many more. The fashion worn and hairstyles are a hoot! 

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