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Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

The Oils were in classic rock mode. No new songs, rarely testing the boundaries of tried and true winners, the audience wasn’t really challenged. Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey enjoyed the brilliant clarity of the sound and delivered most of the thrills.

Paul Kelly “I thank you, brother. Long may you dance.”

Paul Kelly “I thank you, brother. Long may you dance.”

Paul Kelly remembers a great man and a great friend: "I thank you man of balance. I thank you brother."

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

“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.

Vale Andrew McMillan, 1957 – 2012

Vale Andrew McMillan, 1957 – 2012

Andrew was one of the Territory’s great eccentrics—but also one of its best contemporary writers,” said Mr Mackinolty. “He came to the Territory chasing music as a journalist, which led to the influential book Strict rules which covered the Warumpi Band/Midnight Oil tour of the Territory and never looked back as a writer. “He followed this with Death in Dili, Catalina Dreaming and An Intruders Guide to East Arnhemland—the latter led to his being awarded NT Writer of the Year in 2009.

A Living Wake for the “Jesus of Westralia Street”–Darwin Railway Club, 3 December 2010

A Living Wake for the “Jesus of Westralia Street”–Darwin Railway Club, 3 December 2010

Well he’s up late at night with the work light on, He’s gonna write a book but first he’s getting out his bong, He’s drinking red cask wine, smoking home grown reefer, Got the stereo on, he’s listening to Aretha, They call him Jesus of Westralia Street. Lyrics for "Jesus of Westralia Street", Tracey Bunn/Colin Holt