“Something to remember me by” – Mark Mordue, the Sunrize Band and the Careless Horserider

I was freelancing for rock'n'roll magazines and having the lazy time of my life. A visit from half a dozen traditional Aboriginal men from Australia's Top End was well into the realms of the unpredictable, but they were rock'n'roll and so was I and that seemed enough to seal the occasion. Nonetheless I began battening down the hatches and warned all my friends that I had some pretty unusual visitors coming to stay. This is how it happened according to my diary at the time.

Bob Gosford — Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

Bob Gosford

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

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This loving rock 'n roll tale by Australian writer Mark Mordue documents a 1992 tour to Sydney by the Sunrize Band from central Arnhem Land. It was first published in The Griffith Review in 2006.

For mine it is as fine a piece of writing about rock 'n roll and more as you'll find. It is long but well worth the effort. I could say much more but I'll leave that to Mark and the band.

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