Pub Rock!

A touring exhibition celebrating the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our identity opens at the Tableland Regional Gallery on Tuesday 27 September.

‘The pub rock phenomenon spread across Australia throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, resulting in an evolution of music that has shaped our identity and culture,’ said Councillor Peter Hodge.

‘This dynamic photographic exhibition is drawn primarily from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection enriched with works by leading Australian music photographers including Tony Mott and Wendy McDougall.

‘It features staged portraits and publicity shots alongside images captured during unguarded moments and the grungy energy of live performances,’ said Councillor Hodge

Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, said the exhibition celebrates one of the aspects of Australian culture that many have missed during lockdown.

‘The very essence of live music is about people coming together, in close confines, to listen and celebrate a common interest.

‘We wanted to capture some of the excitement and energy of the pub rock scene,’ said Ms Quinlan.

The exhibition opening is 5pm Friday 30 September and the exhibition will be on display until Saturday 12 November.

Entry is free to all TRC galleries.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Angus Young,AC/DC, LA, 1978 by Rennie Ellis Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.