Author: John Burke

1970 – Trees chase Dogs DownUnder 1970 dawns hot and dry with temperatures exceeding 100F in the shade.  Drought conditions persevere as trees chase dogs down the broad boulevard of St Kilda Road desperate to quench their thirst, a quest …

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In December 2019 we published an interim calendar of proposed Record Fairs planned for Adelaide and the region.  Things were looking good.  And we had that quiet expectation that we would do everything all over again just like last year.  …

Coronavirus and Record Fairs in Adelaide in 2020 Read More »

Rockblogster is a running commentary of Rock and Pop happenings starting in 1963 when the music started to get interesting again.  Rock and Roll had had its first eruption in the mid 1950s and Elvis seemed to have run his …

Rockblogster – The Soundtracks of Our Lives Read More »

There are three Record Fairs this summer, all in country towns outside of the city. MOUNT GAMBIER RECORD FAIR The second Mount Gambier Record Fair is scheduled for Saturday 23 November, from noon to 5pm, at The Old Mt Gambier …

Summer 2019 Record Fairs and 2020 Interim Calendar Read More »

1969 – Rising Stars, Riots, Roaring Festivals, Peace Marches: Closing down the Fanfare 1969 almost seems an afterthought after the riotous breakneck speed years from 1963 to the end of the decade.  New stars have risen (and fallen quickly) feeding …

1969 – End of the Decade – Best Albums Read More »

Spotted the following in The Economist on 22 October 2019: [Where have all the flowers gone? Gone to graveyards…Everyone….]  “The LP will be around for a good long while,” Patricia Heimers, a spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America …

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Semaphore Record Fair No. 17 Well the football is all done and dusted.  Another season has flashed past.  The Tigers have enjoyed victories locally and in the AFL and the song has been sung with great glee in all of  …

Semaphore Record Fair – 7 October 2019 Read More »

Over the past few weeks the weather has returned to a bleak wet winter with a chilly vengeance.  Gusty winds have converted decent kicks for goal into rushed behinds and standing in the outer, with sauce dripping down your fingers …

Music Palooza Record Fair – 17/18 August 2019 Read More »

Into the Light & Darkness The Sixties was certainly a decade of vast change and upheaval.  The earlier short back and sides of Rock n’ Roll and the crooners gave way to the irrepressible new beat from Merseyside, the Beatles, …

1969 – End of a Momentous Decade Read More »

Now that the Utrecht Record Fair [13/14/April] (where they publish a road map to help punters find their way around the 500 stalls the size of a small suburb) and Record Store Day [13 April] (where insanely priced records sell …

Easter Monday Record Fair at Semaphore – 22 April Read More »