The Big Beat—ask a librarian

The Big Beat is on track to sell out. If you haven’t got a copy yet, there are still a few in store at these shops. Once these are gone, the only way you’ll be able to have a look at one will be at your local library.

The following libraries have a copy.

Australian Capital Territory: National Library of Australia; National Film and Sound Archive; National Museum of Australia Research Library.

New South Wales: State Library of NSW; Bankstown Library (Canterbury Bankstown Library Service); Bathurst Library; Chatswood Library;  Southern Cross University Library (Lismore Campus); Macquarie University Library; University of Wollongong Library; Dee Why Library (Northern Beaches Library Service).

VictoriaState Library of Victoria; Ballarat Library; Brighton Library (Bayside Library Service); City of Yarra Library; Deakin University Library; Knox Library; Geelong Library; Library at the Dock (City of Melbourne Libraries); University of Melbourne Southbank Library.

Queensland: State Library of Queensland; Elanora Library (Gold Coast Libraries); Nerang Library (Gold Coast Libraries);

South Australia: State Library of South Australia; Burnside Library; Mount Gambier Library; Stirling Library.

Western Australia: Murdoch University Library.


The Big Beat is listed in Trove, an online library database aggregator hosted by the National Library of Australia. Many, but not all, Australian libraries list the books they hold in Trove.


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“The Big Beat—ask a librarian”
  • I just received my copy of the Big Beat today in the post. I have to say that I am totally blown away by it. This is the book of my young adulthood in Adelaide. I only tossed out my copies of Roadrunner and RAM magazine, plus the obligatory smattering of Melody Maker and Record Mirror a few years ago when I moved house. I had a band in 1978 called The Elevators who played exactly 3 gigs and only claim to fame was a gig at the Tiv in September ’78 supporting Young Modern and Irving and the U-bombs, and that fact that our lead guitarist was a very young Stuart Gray (Stu Spasm) who went on to even more “punkier” projects whereas the rest of us, to quote Skyhooks “we all got married and drifted away”.
    Thankfully I am still involved with live music, but this book takes me back to an amazing time in little old Adelaide! The Marryatville, The Tiv, The Cremorne, Lennies, all the Lone Star Gigs.

    • Hey Andrew – thanks for your very kind comments. It’s quite possible I saw the Elevators supporting Young Modern and the U-Bombs at the Tivoli – it was pretty much my home away from home in the Roadrunner years!

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