Behind the Rock and Beyond

Behind the Rock and Beyond

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Follow up to his first book, 'Behind the Rock' nearly 20 years ago. This continues the tongue in cheek life and times of Leon and Jon and their friends and peers. Stories about the TV shows, Teen Time, Bandstand,  and stars Dig Richards, Johnny O’Keefe, Sing, Sing, Sing, Lonnie Lee, Col Joye & The Joy Boys, The Delltones, Sydney Stadium, Saigon … are just some of the names to be found in Behind The Rock and Beyond, the refreshing frank reminiscences of Australian rock musicians, Jon Hayton and Leon Isackson.

Based on personal diaries, Behind The Rock and Beyond is a humorous and honest account of life in the Australian rock’n’roll scene from its birth in 1956 to the mid-sixties (and Beyond). With the changing fortunes of the band, the R’Jays, the authors take us behind-the-scenes of Festival Records, “live” television, stadium concerts and dances, band tours in Australia, New Zealand and war-torn Vietnam and the world of adolescent sex, fans and ‘band vultures’, bungling managers, and hard-living and heart-broken rock stars.

A no-holds-barred, eyewitness story, Behind The Rock and Beyond is a vital document for understanding the history of “Oz Rock” and the society it helped to change. 

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Australian Music History

These are the songs which created history from the late 50's and early 60's. This was the time when the Australian music industry began and Lonnie was one of its founders.

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