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5mmm's Compilation Album of Adelaide Bands 1980

Collette Snowden

The 5MMM Compilation Album of Adelaide Bands 1980 exemplifies creativity and innovation by community and grassroots cultural enterprises that had lasting effects on Australian popular music.

With an early form of crowd-funding, Adelaide's new Community Radio station 5MMM-FM raised capital for the recording. The album contained 14 tracks by South Australian independent bands and artists.

The production of the album challenged the domination of the established Australian recording industry, which posed obstacles for South Australian bands. To get a recording contract, bands and musicians from Adelaide (and Perth, Brisbane, Hobart and regional Australia), had to navigate the challenges of regional geography and cultural bias, and recording company hegemony. Consequently, the rationale for this compilation album was based on frustration with the recording industry, a punk DIY ethos, a newly emerged independent media, cultural nationalism, and, locally, the South Australian cultural heritage and focus on creative industries.

The album and the effects it produced were symptomatic of the new public awareness of the Australian independent music sector that in turn fed into live music attendance, and commercial local recording. The contribution of a grassroots commitment to Australian music has not been well documented and this account situates the discussion in the social, political, and cultural context in which it emerged.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Apr 3rd, 2025
  • Pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.75in - 5.00in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9798765105894
  • Categories: Individual Composer & MusicianGenres & Styles - RockAustralia & New Zealand - General

About the Author

Stratton, Jon: - Jon Stratton is Adjunct Professor in UniSA Creative at the University of South Australia and a member of the university's Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre. Jon has worked at universities in the UK and Australia and held a Rockefeller Fellowship at the University of Iowa in 1998. His areas of interest include Popular Music, Cultural Studies, Australian Studies, Jewish Cultural Studies and Media Studies. He is the sole author of 12 books and has co-edited four. In 2002 he published Australian Rock: Essays on Popular Music. His most recent books include Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945 (edited with Nabeel Zuberi, 2014), When Music Migrates: Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines 1945-2010 (2014) and An Anthology of Australian Albums: Critical Engagements (edited with Jon Dale and Tony Mitchell, 2020).
Dale, Jon: - Jon Dale is a writer and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. He teaches across a number of fields (popular music, experimental writing, media studies, criminology, sociology, screen studies) at a number of institutions. He also writes for the English music magazine Uncut, and contributes liner notes and essays to a number of record labels and other publications. He is currently working on several books about DIY and post-punk music, and texts on experimental film and diary film making. He also runs the record labels Tristes Tropiques and Rose Hobart.