Celebrating Bogan Rock music

I’d hate for another May Music Month at Christchurch City Libraries to pass me by where I haven’t shared my love for Bogan Rock. Found on Fordforums.com.au: The Definition of a Bogan – Australian Ford Forums:

“Bogan rock” is an umbrella term for several artists and genres that commonly includes some elements of psychedelia, heavy metal, Big-Hair Rock, or, in Australia, nearly any Australian rock band from the 1970s and 1980s. In 2000 a Bogan Rock Festival was held in rural Victoria to some critical and financial success, suggesting that the term’s derogatory power is becoming eroded.In Australia, it is generally accepted that if a bogan national anthem were to exist it would be the 1980’s Jimmy Barnes/Cold Chisel classic, “Khe Sanh”, however due to the immense influence that Australian Rules Football has on bogan culture, the song “Holy Grail” by Hunters and Collectors must not avoid consideration. In Melbourne ‘Run to Paradise’ by the Choirboys is generally considered the ultimate bogan anthem. In New Zealand, “Bliss” (a.k.a. “Drink Yourself Wobbly”) by Th’ Dudes or most songs by The Exponents hold comparable favour among the bogan population.

I had the ‘lucky’ opportunity to live in Western Australia between the tender ages of 15 and 29 and was exposed to bogan culture and bogan rock by school mates at Bon Scott’s high school in Fremantle, Perth. If you don’t know who Bon Scott is then you can definitely not count yourself as a bogan. Bon Scott was the most favoured singer of ACDC until, like a lot of rock stars, he died by alcohol. Whether you proudly wear your black rock band t shirt daily, or like me are a bogan in disguise, you will surprised how much resources our library has. We have CDs, DVDs, biographies on your rock heroes, music scores to learn those riffs,

Bogan resources in our library catalogue:

A few of my  favourite rock bands and our libraries resources on them:


May Music Month at Christchurch City Libraries has a variety of performances.

Spark New Zealand Piano Trios – Featuring NZTrio – free online New Zealand music

Spark New Zealand Piano Trios presents cutting-edge new music for piano trio performed by the brightest new stars in the firmament of New Zealand chamber music: NZTrio. This debut recording of the ensemble features a programme of works they have made their own in concerts throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Over the last decade or so, a number of piano trios made up of outstanding individual musicians have formed and re-formed in New Zealand, and this particular instrumental combination has appealed to the country’s leading composers, who have produced an exceedingly fine body of work in the genre. The members of the New Zealand Trio, each notable musicians in their own right, together make up a formidably powerful ensemble, and their performances in this recital showcase the vitality, beauty and sheer emotional impact of works by John Psathas, Gareth Farr, Penelope Axtens, Michael Norris, Maria Grenfell and Victoria Kelly.

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.

Find My Past: three become one!

Family historians are passionate and observant people so they will be the first to notice a change in one of our very popular online family history resources.

Find My Past Ireland, Find My Past Australia/NZ and Find My Past United Kingdom have combined into one large Find My Past database. This means all that same lovely information is still available, but just in the one place in one search. If you want to limit your search by location all you need to do is use a drop box on the front page.

Five of the six children of Thomas Jones Walker Shand [1886]
Five of the six children of Thomas Jones Walker Shand [1886]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL Photo Collection 22, Img01504
On Find My Past  you will find:

  • Birth, Marriage and Death records;
  • Cemetery records;
  • Probate, land and court records;
  • Migration records;
  • Criminal reports;
  • Electoral rolls and censuses;
  • Directories, almanacs and government gazettes;
  • Military records;
  • Social, biographical and historical information to provide background context.

Christchurch City Libraries has a huge variety of resources for you who are starting out on family history research or for those of you just missing a few branches from your tree.

Come in and see us today!