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Howzat! Archive - October 5th 2016

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PICTURE THIS
Howzat! was thinking recently about the great lost art of rock photography. Everyone with an iPhone thinks they're a photographer these days. But there's more to taking pictures than just point and shoot. Greg Noakes is one of the great rock photographers, a true artist. "A lot of photographers took pictures of myself and Men At Work in the beginning," Colin Hay recalls. "Greg Noakes is the only one I can remember." And Cold Chisel's Don Walker adds: "Greg took all our photos for a few years." He shot the iconic covers of You're Thirteen, You're Beautiful And You're Mine, Breakfast At Sweethearts and East. Greg's pictorial journey started in Newcastle, aged 12, when he won a Polaroid Land Camera on the TV show Pick A Box. In the '70s, he worked for Spunky magazine and TV Week, and freelanced for Juke, using the pseudonym "Drew". Now, Greg has gathered his pictures in a book, Famous People Who Have Met Me And Other Stories. It's packed with dynamic shots, with a distinct sense of humour and surprises that bring the subjects to life. There are striking images of The Church, The Sports, Models, Michael Hutchence, Hunters & Collectors, Dragon, Skyhooks, Joe Camilleri, Doc Neeson and many others. The book celebrates a more innocent and nave time, when bands weren't surrounded by minders and didn't worry so much about image. And there was no such thing as photoshop. Not that you could describe AC/DC as innocent. Greg recounts a 1977 encounter when he met the band at the Royal Standard Hotel in West Melbourne. A few hours later, they ventured to a nearby lane for a series of shots before returning to the pub. When Bon Scott eventually stumbled onto William Street - into peak hour traffic - a driver blared his horn. Bon responded by baring his bum. Greg is still taking pictures. As the great American photographer Annie Leibovitz says, "One doesn't stop seeing. One doesn't stop framing. It doesn't turn off and on. It's on all the time." But unfortunately, Greg rarely ventures into the rock world these days - most of his work is as a stills photographer in TV and film.


GOING OVERBOARD

Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier's Arts Centre gig was brilliant. Willy delivered some seriously funky riffs in their take on Do-R-Mi's Man Overboard. How 'bout a dance remix? It'd work.


HOT LINE
"It's a way to see perfection" - Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, This Song Has Got Me.


CHART WATCH
Still no new homegrown hits in the national Top 40.

The Greatest SIA (number five)
Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (14)
I Love You Always Forever BETTY WHO (15)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (36)
Say It FLUME (37)
This Girl KUNGS VS COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS (38)


Airbourne's new album lands at 13.

Backbone ANTHONY CALLEA (number six)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (eight)
Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical AUSTRALIAN CAST FEATURING DAVID CAMPBELL (nine, debut)
Notion TASH SULTANA (11, debut)
Breakin' Outta Hell AIRBOURNE (13, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (14)
Wings Of The Wild DELTA GOODREM (18)
His Favourite Collection JOHN WILLIAMSON (20)
Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II HUMAN NATURE (21)
Internal SAFIA (23)
The Very Very Best Of Crowded House CROWDED HOUSE (26)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (29)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (32)
This Could Be Heartbreak THE AMITY AFFLICTION (35)
Smoke Fire Hope Desire HARTS (36)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Firefly AMARILLO
The Enemy Within BEN LEE
This Song Has Got Me DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER
Best Of You BIG SMOKE
Man Overboard DO-RE-MI

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