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.


MetallicaMetallica – with support by Tainted, The Sword and Fear Factory
Wednesday 22 September 2010
by Emmy S

For many South Island Metallica fans, it was the concert of a life time – for me it was a dream come true. Christchurch crowds are hungry enough at the best of times, but when the most famous metal band in the world are in attendance they’re downright ravenous, as evidenced by the sea of black jeans and t-shirts surging in anticipation of finally seeing their heroes in the flesh. Ten years ago there would have been a lot more long hair and ripped denim, but while the fashion has changed and time’s added a few wrinkles here and there, Metallica’s spirit has not dulled with age.

MetallicaAdmittedly, going to a Metallica concert in 2010 prompts a reservation or two. Does James Hetfield’s voice still have what it takes? And will they play the old favourites such as One, Master of Puppets and the much loved (though not by me personally) Enter Sandman? As a devoted fan of 16 years I prepared myself for potential disappointment, however it soon became evident that there was no need for such trivial concerns. From the first note of That Was Just Your Life to the fading feedback at the end of Seek and Destroy, they played with all the heart one would have expected to see in the 1980s.

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