The End of Black Sabbath’s touring

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Black Sabbath at Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, 2014. Photo by MusikAnimal CC-BY-SA 4.0

Black Sabbath is touring the world for the last time. It’s appropriately called The End.

The Auckland show was on April 28th and then they rock Dunedin on April 30th.

I’ll be grabbing my black t-shirt and jeans and flying down to Dunedin to do some headbanging to the wonderfully heavy sound. Ozzie is one of the few old rockers that can still sing like he did in his youth. I’m so excited!

Best reads for bogans

With new documentary television series Bogans now gracing our screens, are we about to see a Bogan Renaissance? Are we on the cusp of a rediscovered cultural trend? Are black skinny jeans and a Nirvana t-shirt now retro-cool?

Whether you’re a born-again bogan, are a “bogan in disguise”, or have never been to a concert where you didn’t “throw up the goat”, the following would make worthy additions to your reading list –

Cover of ACDC Hell ain't a bad place to becover of Metallica enter nightCover of Metal catsCover of Watch you bleed the saga of Guns n RosesCover of The dirtcover of It's so easy (and other lies)Cover of Hair metalcover of The art of metalCover of the heroin diariescover of Black Sabbath FAQCover of Mosh potatoesCover of The story of Judas PriestCover of Dirty deedsCover of Iron MaidenCover of Iron manCover of Bad reputation

Need further Bogan research? Try –

Cover of Bogan an insider's guide to metal, mullets and mayhemcover of Things bogans like

And if the Bogans television series has you wanting to watch more, you can’t go past –

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.

Generals gathered in their masses

It’s kind of cool to like heavy metal these days.  If you’re looking for a way in, you might want to read Metal : the definitive guide : heavy, NWOBH, progressive, thrash, death, black, gothic, doom, nu.  Written by Garry Sharpe-Young (of Rockdetector fame) this book blends biography, history and criticism.  Arranged by genre, each category features a description of the sound and band profiles with discographies.  Unlike other celebrations of the style, this book takes an international perspective and covers lesser-known acts around the world. 

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