From the Editor: April in the East
I was a uni student living in a share flat in Brisbane when I first heard Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. The song played on Triple J and time in that tiny Queenslander stood still. I had never heard a song like it.
Three years later, Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was dead. I remember that day too, waking up again to Triple J and the horrible news. I can recall with total clarity the angle of the sun streaming through the window of my bedroom that morning and the teal colour of the sheets on the bed. It was the 8am news. (I used to sleep later then.)
Blender Gallery in Paddington’s Elizabeth Street is the sort of place that evokes powerful memories for anyone who’s ever had a modicum of interest in music. In this little terrace space, gallery owner/curator Tali Udovich pulls together famous musical photographs from around the world and displays them on every spare inch of wall. There are images of The Beatles, the Stones, David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, and at the moment a collection of Nirvana images from photographers Kirk Weddle, Chris Cuffaro and Jesse Frohman. For anyone with a connection to ’90s music, or any music, it’s worth the effort to visit. As Tali will tell you during a gallery chat, music’s ability to evoke memories is powerful. The image of Cobain and his bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic may bring up old memories for you as they did for me.
This edition of Local East is all about arts, culture and getting out and about in the east this autumn. People often claim Sydney is uncultured and uncouth, but as Lara Picone’s cover story, Come As You Are, reveals, Sydney is bursting with culture and events, from the opera and the ballet to world-class racing and football. The weather may be cooling finally but the action is certainly heating up. Get out amongst it. You may just make some new memories.