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Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its popular music

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January 3, 2009 by Tara Brabazon

Liverpool of the South Seas

Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its popular music
Edited by Tara Brabazon and written by members of the Popular Culture Collective
Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 2005
ISBN: 1920694307

Perth is labelled — either whimsically or derisively — the most isolated capital city in the world. What happens to popular music in such a city during a time of globalization and sanitised sameness? The authors of this lively collection provide a snapshot of this cultural moment. Answers to the question fly off the pages of this book. Perth, a small and dynamic city, generates incredibly vibrant and diverse music — from the energy of hip hop and b-boys, electronica and post-rock, to committed performers and rivetted fans in gritty pubs and darkened clubs. Disentangled from vested interests and corporate sponsorship, this is an independent book capturing the rhythms of an independent city. Liverpool of the South Seas celebrates the critical freedom to discover difference, diversity and dancing.

The book can be purchesed from, and Dymocks.