The Intersection - Eastside FM

The Intersection - Eastside FM
A series focussing on the intersection between music and history, The Intersection traces the evolution of ideas, social norms and cultural forms in Australia – and the characters and events behind them. Be prepared for an immersive journey into the dramatic moments that shaped our lives and tastes today, and the role that music, musicians, promoters, the media and audiences played within it. An audio documentary, produced by Two Star Studios, sits at the heart of each weekly episode, followed by interviews with academics in the field. As you listen, you’ll be captivated by music from different eras and genres – from 100 years ago until today – and will hear it in ways you’ve never quite heard it before. Email: theintersection@eastsidefm.org

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The Intersection - Eastside FM Episodes

Ep 4, Part 1: Enemy Aliens

18, February 2024

The Weintraub Syncopators were the hottest jazz band in Weimar Germany. But after the Nazi party passed the first anti-Jewish laws, the Syncopators decided to embark on what was perhaps the longest world tour by any band in history. It ended in an internment camp in rural Australia. This episode traces an epic journey of […]

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Ep 3, Part 2: Gary Foley on 1988

05, February 2024

Our special guest is historian and activist Gary Foley. A Gumbayngirr man, Gary Foley has been at the forefront of Indigenous activism for over fifty years and was a key figure in the Bicentennial protests. […]

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Ep 3, Part 1: 1988

05, February 2024

1988 in Australia. On the musical front, it was seriously divided between the mainstream music industry and the alternative/underground scene, yet both sides had their eyes on the international stage. But there was a bigger issue; 1988 marked the Bicentennial of the British invasion of Aboriginal lands. Indigenous activists were waiting to protest any celebrations. […]

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Ep 2, Part 2: John Highfield on Lee Gordon

28, January 2024

Our special guest is journalist and broadcaster John Highfield. Best known for his 35 years on ABC Radio, it is not so well known that John was a teenage employee of the Lee Gordon organisation in the early 1960s. His recollections are fascinating. Playlist  Chubby Checker: The Fly […]

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Ep 2, Part 1: The Ginchiest

28, January 2024

Australia may have “turned to America” during WWII, but culturally, it was still doggedly British. This changed in the 1950s. We look at one arbiter of the change –  Lee Gordon –  an American with a shady backstory who arrived in Sydney in 1953 and within a year had created the Australian concert circuit! And […]

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Ep 1, Part 2: Deirdre O’Connell on White Australia Blues

22, January 2024

Our special guest to discuss the themes of the White Australia Blues episode is historian Deirdre O’Connell. She has written at length on the Sonny Clay tour and its background. Her extraordinary 2021 book, ‘Harlem Nights – the Secret History of Australia’s Jazz Age’ was hugely influential in the making of this episode. This interview […]

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Ep 1, Part 1: White Australia Blues

21, January 2024

The Immigration Restriction Act of 1901 heralded the White Australia Policy. This culture of whiteness would inevitably affect music in Australia. In this episode we look at the 1928 tour by Sonny Clay’s Colored Idea, the first African-American jazz band to tour Australia. We also look at ways the White Australia Policy continued to affect […]

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The Intersection – Trailer

15, January 2024

A series focussing on the intersection between music and history, The Intersection traces the evolution of ideas, social norms and cultural forms in Australia – and the characters and events behind them. Sometimes shocking, with dramatic twists along the way, be prepared for an immersive journey into the surprising moments that shaped our lives and […]

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