Magazine covers plot rock’n’roll history with a local (Bee Gees) twist

Those were the days: Music history as told by Rolling Stone magazine. Picture: Jane DysonANYBODY who is or has been a part of popular culture since 1972 is hanging on the walls of Hurstville Museum and Gallery as part an exhibition of Rolling Stone magazine covers.

Rolling Stone: The Covers 1972-2010, will run until July 27.

Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia is a feature in the first edition, dated January 1972, when Rolling Stone was still a part of Go-set, the popular culture magazine of the time.

Also featured are James Taylor and Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Jack Nicholson . . . even Paul Keating and Miranda Kerr.

Many of the photographs were by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Some of the subjects, such as the Bee Gees, Skyhooks and AC/DC, have a connection to Hurstville, having performed and recorded there.

The Bee Gees, one of the most successful groups to ever come from Australia, had their big break in a tiny recording studio at Hurstville.

The St Clair Recording Studio was opened by Oswald “Ossie” Byrne in 1965, in the strip mall off Queens Road. It was basically a converted shed behind a butcher’s shop.

In 1966 the Bee Gees’ record contract was taken over by Spin Records, whose American boss Nat Kipner began using St Clair as his preferred venue for Spin artists. The Bee Gees recorded Spicks and Specks there.

This song, which prominently featured the St Clair studio piano, propelled the Bee Gees to stardom in Australia.

Hurstville mayor Jack Jacovou urged people to see the exhibition, which captured how Rolling Stone became “a talking point of popular culture”.

Other events:

■Battle of the Bands: Saturday, June 21, 2pm. Young people are invited to perform at the free event.

■School holiday program: Making Music, Tuesday, July 8. Children aged 5 to 12 can create musical instruments from everyday objects; two sessions; $5. Bookings essential.

■School holiday program: Dancing Moves on Wednesday, July 9. Children aged 5 to 12 will learn dance moves with a guest choreographer. Two sessions, $5. Bookings essential.

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