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The BiPolar Bears are one of Victoria’s rock’n’roll institutions, playing their own brand of rock, reggae and blues for over 16 years.
Having a serious mental illness hasn’t held the band back. They’ve performed hundreds of gigs from the Sydney Opera House to psych wards, the iconic Espy Hotel, St. Kilda Festival, Federation Square, Brisbane’s Powerhouse [...]

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I’ve finally revisited my musical past by acquiring a mandolin and an electric guitar. Pity I’ve forgotten most of the stuff I learned over 30 years ago and didn’t pursue. But as Jethro Tull says “You’re never too old to rock ‘n’ roll!” So far I’ve decided to concentrate on the guitar as my fingers [...]

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No Anchovies

The Spectrum gig on September 18th at Adelaide’s famous Rob Roy Hotel proved well worth the trip!

The casual Pizza and Spectrum “No Anchovies” show provided the chance to see the band in a more intimate venue and, although the acoustics were not ideal, Mike and the boys entertained “industry insiders” and a group of my [...]

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Surf’s Up!

News readers won’t believe this; I can hardly believe it myself!
Having postponed our traditional August trip to Adelaide in favour of a trip in September to check out a Spectrum gig on the 18th at Adelaide’s famous Rob Roy Hotel, I was given the contact number of one David Minear.
When he called back, it turns [...]

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Neil Young Goes Electric

AP, June 2, 2008
Canadian singer-songwriter, Neil Young, is trying to change the world again – with his car.
Young has teamed up with Johnathan Goodwin, a Wichita mechanic with a reputation for re-engineering the power units of big cars to get more horsepower but use less fuel.
The two are looking to convert Young’s 1959 Lincoln Continental [...]

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A US biologist, who discovered a new species of trapdoor spider, has named it after his favourite musician, US singer and songwriter, Neil Young.
East Carolina University biologist Jason Bond discovered a new species of trapdoor spider in Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2007. After he confirmed, through the spider’s DNA that the it was an identifiable, [...]

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Guitar Hero or Zero

Having discovered my grandsons have Guitar Hero for PS2 thought I’d give it a try – a short cut to Rock ‘n’ Roll fame!! So far I have managed the tutorials, just. I then turned my attention to Apple’s Garage Band where I’ve had more luck making sounds that approximate music. Makes me wonder [...]

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This book is a sort of amusing guide to one man’s journey to learn and learn about the instrument which is central to most popular music – the guitar. On his way to eventually performing a rather nervous gig to over 200 people, mostly friends and family, and suffering the insults and objections of his [...]

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Australian music legend, Billy Thorpe, died of a massive heart attack on February 28. He was just 60 and entering a new phase of a successful career which spanned 5 decades.
With his blues/rock band The Aztecs, not to be confused with his earlier surf music band of the same name, Billy brought new meaning to [...]

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AUSSIE Rock Vocalist Extraordinaire Jimmy Barnes is to undergo open-heart surgery to fix a condition that has been with him since birth.
The former Cold Chisel frontman, renowned screamer and vodka consumer will undergo surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve on February 22.
Barnes is said to otherwise be in good health and remains in good [...]

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