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Issue 741

Editorial Note

Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison… Reluctant members of the infamous ‘27 Club’, these famed rock artists all died tragically young, at the age of 27, leaving behind the ‘what if? of unfulfilled potential.

It’s one of the most elusive and remarkably tragic coincidences in rock and roll history and spans a century of music-making, reminding us of the much-loved artists we’ve lost, and the sheer talent it takes to create lasting, world-changing music.

Celebrating the legends who will forever be 27, and shining a light on the legacy they left behind, 27 Club is the electrifying live rockumentary currently touring the nation, featuring treasured music and stories from the famed rock artists gone too soon. 

With Australian rock icons Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus) and Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah, Bob Evans) with Carla Lippis (Mondo Psycho), Dusty Lee Stephenson, Cam Blokland and Wanderers, 27 Club will arrive in Geelong this month as part of Geelong Art Centre’s brand new bold program REWIRE. To celebrate the arrival, we chat with Australia’s Queen of rock ‘n roll Sarah McLeod, and take a deep dive into the other creative performance experiences that REWIRE features. 

Aside from our REWIRE coverage, we’ve chatted to the likes of Arizona quartet Jimmy Eat World, award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, Festival of Sails Emerging Artist stage runners-up Demi Violet and Wild Gloriosa, Aireys Inlet Music Festival’s newly appointed festival director Patrick Donovan and we sit down with Geelong chef and blues lover Pete Raimondo about Pistol Pete’s nine-year milestone. We also take a closer look at the annual Tastes of Central Geelong festival and Clunes Booktown Festival, our usual round-up of albums, exhibitions and stage show to check out, and we spotlight the new festival raising money and awareness for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. 

That’s Forte #741 folks, have at it.