The Adelaide Music Collective’s SA Music Hall Of Fame has a new gig at the State Library, and if the launch on Friday evening was anything to go by then the Yesterday’s Heroes exhibition is going to impress South Australians in more ways than you could imagine. In an emotion charged opening ceremony, founders Enrico Morena and David ‘Daisy’ Day expressed their desire to share our state’s wonderfully rich history, and how it helped shape the music industry during the formative 50’s to 80’s period. Members of Parliament including the Lord Mayor,Martin Haese, formally opened the exhibition which features an impressive array of memorabilia specific to Adelaide music and the multitude of acts that pioneered the live music scene. There are old recordings, recording equipment, posters, pictures…you name it. One of the most poignant pieces on display though is David ‘Daisy’ Day’s very own transistor radio he used to listen to well before becoming one of the most popular and successful radio DJs in Australia. It isn’t so much the small bakerlite radio itself that is special despite being in pristine condition, but the meaning behind it. During his opening speech, Daisy (who has donated many of the works in the collection) spoke of his youth and how important music was in shaping his destiny as a music identity. It was his closing comment that hit home, and made the importance of this collection of music paraphernalia more real. Very emotionally and choking back tears, he simply said.”This is my childhood, please take care of it.”
The depth of this statement wasn’t lost on those in attendance, with many I spoke with taking the time to reflect and appreciate how much influence music, and those who make it, have had on our lives. Many a singer/musician/entertainer from the 50’s-80’s era were present in the room, whose much younger faces adorned the plethora of pictures on display. Despite the cliche’d decrying of our great state by those further East, Adelaide has led the way creatively for decades and set the standards and trends that helped shape the industry. People such as Johnny Mac, John Schumann, Bev Harrell, and numerous others, have done great justice to SA music- this is their shrine!
The display is expansive and impressive (and free of charge!), you really must get along to the State Library to see it between Feb 7 – Mar 22. There is a great chance that you may also find remnants of your own childhood among the items on display.
Located in the Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Yesterday’s Heroes is a celebration of South Australian achievement!
The Adelaide Music Collective also run bi-monthly Sessions featuring both older and emerging artists performing together, along with SA Music Hall of Fame inductions.Check out their Facebook page for further details. facebook.com/adelaidemusiccollective
Story by Darren Hassan