In Australasia, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are looked upon as being at the forefront of English groups from the '60's Beat Boom.
However, The Who and The Small Faces conjure up perhaps the most vivid memories of outrageous behaviour, both on and offstage, from their one and only riotous two-week visit there in 1968.
Now, some 30 years later, this problem-plagued tour has been immortalised in a new book written by Andrew Neill, who has co-authored books on The Rolling Stones and The Who, and is a frequent contributor to the globally distributed Record Collector magazine.
"I've really set out to chronicle what happened on this rock tour to end all rock tours, because in most biographies, it tends to get scant mention via a throwaway line or two, but in Australia at the time, it really was a big deal!"
"These days, nobody bats an eyelid at what so-called rock stars get up to. It's almost considered passe if a T.V. set gets sent out of a hotel window, but The Who and The Small Faces were the first, and it happened in, of all places, New Zealand!"
"I was too young to see the concerts, but ever since, the whole tour has never ceased to fascinate me. Two of the most vibrant bands from the '60's Mod movement being flown, uncomfortably I might add, to the other side of the world for the kind of package tour which was already considered old hat in England, and encountering this violent culture shock - violent, both metaphorically and literally!"
"Australia, the nation, was up in arms at what these long-haired monsters were supposedly up to. So much so, that the then Prime Minister, Senator John Gorton, sent a telegram to Pete Townshend requesting The Who never set foot in Australia again. Townshend shot back a colourful reply, and to this day has kept his word and never returned!"
"A Fortnight of Furore" contains:
Rocking Horse Records
245 Albert Street, Brisbane
Vicious Sloth Records
1309 High Street, Malvern, Victoria
Thursday 12-7, Friday 12-7, Saturday 10-2.
Phone number: 61 3 9822 4992
Fax number: 61 3 9824 8716
Red Eye Records
66 King Street, Sydney
PH: 61-2-9299 4233
and in New Zealand at
Real Groovy Records
REAL GROOVY AUCKLAND
438 Queen St, PO Box 91 285
P. +64 9 306 2032
F. +64 9 302 3958
In addition, an updated 40th anniversary feature on the tour with some additional info, clippings and some great new photos will appear as a cover feature in the next issue of "UGLY THINGS" magazine which will be out approximately June-July time.
Copies of the mag will be available direct from:
PO Box 4121
La Mesa, CA 91944