Brunswick Street, Art and Revolution

Author(s): Anne Rittman

Popular Culture | Australian/Aotearoa

It had to happen. Carnaby Street was the centre of fashion in the 60s. The 70s belonged to Haight-Ashbury’s flower children. Then in the 80s Melbourne gave birth to Brunswick Street — epicentre of an emerging arts movement. Three subcultures — grungers, bohemians and radical feminists collided and brought forth a dynamic that changed the face of the inner city. The meteoric rise of Brunswick Street was a cultural explosion of art, theatre, fashion, grunge, music, drugs, diverse sexuality, celebrity and politics.

 - Maz Wilson

Brunswick Street, Art & Revolution  is the story of a street that became a culture. Written by Anne Rittman and Maz Wilson, it consists of a series of interviews and colour photographs with and of the people who brought about that transformation. It teems with characters: baristas, hair-cutters, potters, comedians, painters, singers, poets, restaurateurs and more.

It evokes iconic places: the Black Cat, Pigtale Pottery, The Flying Trapeze, T F Much Ballroom, Bakers, Circus Oz , Scully & Trombone and the list goes on.

It bursts with visual impact: performances, artworks, architecture and the Waiters’ Race for example. Here it is in its true form as a cultural, social and political history.


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It was a pioneering spirit which created its own centre of gravity. Early on the street had a frisson of excitement. Artists rubbing shoulders with criminals in a quarter acre block. 

- Rod Quantock.

Laughter is the shock absorber of life! 

- Tim McKew

It was love at first coffee.

- Sandra Goldbloom Zurbo

General Fields

  • : 9781876044978
  • : Black Pepper
  • : Black Pepper
  • : January 2017
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 461
  • : en
  • : 217
  • : Paperback
  • : Anne Rittman