I read a very trite and irritating review of “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by Bernard Zuel in the Sydney morning Herald today. Zuel made the event sound like it was for constipated geriatrics. Hey Zuel! Get your head out of you arse and look around!
Sure there were heaps of aging punks and rockers in attendance,
but there were also plenty of bright shiny things strutting their stuff on Cockatoo Island on Saturday as well.
It’s so typical of the shallow mainstream media to focus on the superficial and to try and create some kind of division where there isn’t one.
The acts at “All Tomorrows Parties” attracted a very wide spectrum of people and I’d even go so far as to say that the crowd on Cockatoo Island were a pretty good indication of how an interest in non-mainstream music transcends age groups.
Now that I’ve had my little rant, here’s some more pictures of some of the stylish people that I met on Saturday.
When I asked the woman above if I could take her picture, she asked me, “what’s it for?” I replied, “I’m taking pictures of people I think look fabulous”. To which she replied, “I don’t feel fabulous, I was up until 2 this morning playing a gig in Newcastle”. Unfortunately I didn’t pick up on the cue to ask her what band she was in. Yep, I’m about as sharp as a bowling ball. When I photograph strangers (particularly women) I try not to talk to them too much as I don’t want to freak them out and make them feel uncomfortable.
This next fellow wouldn’t have looked out of place in a longboat 1000 years ago.
These next two women were very extroverted good sports.
Very nice people and when they adopted this next pose I thought of Pommeroy’s post.
Not everyone was dressed for the weather and for some, style was everything. When you think about it, guys in suits at alternative music events are the real rebellious iconoclasts.
These two were a lovely couple with a very intersting mix of styles. Sort of gothic meets western.
Then there were other people who were into colour.
And last but not least, the man with the nicest smile and sweetest T-shirt.