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slq Gallery, level 2
28 September 2020 – 9 May 2021
Discover music posters and handbills from State Library’s collections. Explore their do-it-yourself design and recall the bands and venues of Brisbane’s independent music scene of the 1970s and 80s.
As punk rock swept across Australia in the late 1970s, Brisbane became home to a small but strong independent music scene. Along with a DIY attitude towards music-making, came a similar approach to music promotion.
Posters and handbills reflected the resourcefulness and determination of its creators to support local line-ups through years of instability, venue shortage and split audiences.
Technology advancement during the 1980s led to new production methods and greater design possibilities. Fast forward to the present day, DIY culture has made a comeback through compositions and performances that can easily be created, recorded, mixed, published and distributed independently.
Explore posters promoting the gigs, bands and venues of Brisbane's underground music scene 1977-1987.
Add your memories and stories.
Dive into our collection of photos from Brisbane gigs throughout the1970s and 1980s. Were you there? Do you know the bands, people and places in the photographs?
Photographs and ephemera of performances by Brisbane punk bands, including the Black Assassins, Flêche and La Fetts.
Uncover our collection of original music posters from around the state, collated by local artist and musician John Willsteed.
Explore photographs taken of the fun and live acts at the first 4ZZZ Market Day in 1982.
Discover photographs of bands and fans in the Brisbane punk scene from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
Clippings and photographs of Brisbane new wave band The Humans and rockabilly band The Convertibles.
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Visit State Library today and remember the music, the locations, the attitude and the style through posters and handbills.