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Rock This City: Live music in Newcastle, 1970s–1980s


By Gaye Sheather

Newcastle in the 1970s and 1980s was a powerhouse of rock with dozens of bands performing every night of the week in the city’s pubs and clubs. Rock This City is a personal account of the times, the bands and the venues by someone who was there to see icons such as DV8, Cold Chisel and The Heroes. From women rockers to the Star Hotel riot, author Gaye Sheather captures a time and a spirit that fuelled a city.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gaye Sheather is an historian and researcher who lives and works in Newcastle, Australia. This book emerged from Gaye’s PhD thesis: a study of the live rock music scene in Newcastle from the early 1970s to the late 1980s. Gaye is passionate about writing of this time when there was ‘a live band in every corner of every pub’. She is committed to revealing the untold stories of those who were there.


Illustrated with over 160 colour and black and white images, 224 pp, 153 x 234 mm, ISBN 978-0-9924885-9-8

Available now. (Published August 2016)


1. Purchase direct from Hunter Press: either online (above) or send a cheque (inc. postage = $35.95) with address and contact details to Hunter Press, PO Box 671, Hamilton NSW 2303

2. See our Customer Information page for Newcastle and lower Hunter outlets.

3. For the rest of Australia "Rock This City" can be ordered through all good bookshops.

Published with the generous support of CATTLEYARD PROMOTIONS, organisers of Groovin the Moo and the Plot music events.