The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 9 September - 22 September 2002
September 9th 2002
Wow our first book award, probably our only book award, but cool none the
less. Looks strange seeing it sitting amongst the Gold records at the
office..little Hussy and Bang face peeping out amongst the Finns and the Enz
and Crowdies boys. We get the award the same day that the newspapers
announce that book sales fell in Australia over the last 12 months by 19%.
Publishers margins dropped from 7.8% to 4.6%, a lot of people say the horrid
GST has played a big part in this. I know Greville Books is still doing
well, mostly due to some wise book choices and good customer service by
Jurate. Rocket Pocket Books- well it's our first year and we are such freaks
in the book world that we don't count...we just sell more books then most
Head into the city to returns Vali's video of the upcoming doco 'Painted
Lady' (ABC tv). The studio is closed, so I use my private key to let me in
and drop it off. Had some Ginger for her as well, as we both enjoy it's
fiery taste. I can almost feel her presence when I open the door.
Spend most of the day living on the computer, and most of it work related.
The phones are very quiet which I'm into, just gives me time to focus and
catch up on projects. Work to the wee hours of the morning, seem to have an
abundance of energy today...decide I might as well get as much done as
possible before I fade and collapse into a heap.
Tv stations keep pushing those September 11 images into everyone's home, the
only thing I am interested in watching is the '9/11' doco by the 2 french
brothers and that's mostly due to how it's filmed and where....some people
are just fascinated (obsessed) with Sept 11th...I'm turning off from it...
and I bet the ratings show that heaps of other people will too.
Pick up the third Star Trek Next generation DVD set from CC Music, season
#3. We still think the special boxes look like something Avon cosmetics
should be carried in! It's a good season, #3, the return of Dr Beverly
Crusher (Dr Nut Crusher as she is known around the office) with her lovely
Poodle haired look. So soft!
Hear from Eddie Rayner who is busy signing copies of his 'Play it Straight"
CD for us, we are helping Ed sell a few and we managed to dig up a few
copies of his HORSE solo CD. All helps. Am surprised at how many orders have
come in so far. Go Ed, there's no stopping him now!!!!!! (-: The return of
Wow a year down the track. It has somehow made the world more crazy, a lot
less trusting and America really paranoid- then again I don't live in the
U.S. so it's easy to say that I guess. Still think Bush wants WAR so much...
just don't trust that guy...hell he's a politician trust isn't part of the
agenda I guess. Still all those images just make me sad. A lot of people
obviously turned off as the 9/11 doco is the only one that really rates.
Deb V calls and manage to grab a coffee at Babble, she scores some brilliant
Acland street cakes , which will probably put the several kilo's I've lost
straight back on...oh fu*k it.....oink. They are good. Sounds like all her
work for the Livid Festival is coming together, she seems confident and as
always damn gorgeous and it should end up being a really good Festival this
year. Mozza still hasn't cancelled yet so I guess the old Queen really is
coming to Australia. He's playing The Forum too, so I am going to go to that
one....all those classic songs.
Campbell emails me that Bic now has 4 shows in Melbourne at the Cornish
Arms and to keep doing what I'm doing as it obviously is working. Think 3
have totally sold out. So why isn't BEAUTIFUL COLLISION massive here... I
love that album.
Yey final payment on WINGS OFF FLIES is mailed off, so we don't owe anyone
anything for that now, 150 or so more books to sell before we break even,
such an expensive project, but you know, it's kinda cool. I like that we
seem to be able to keep putting together quality things like the book and
make them available. Opening the box for the first time is always a bit
scary as you just never know if the quality will be up to standard...or
mistakes etc. We've only spotted 2 so far...so that's good. Had a lot of
nice emails around the book, loads from overseas, saying they love it and
peoples friends have been ordering it after seeing it. I like that. Even
Marks brother in N.Z. is after a copy!
In the city today and I have made this huge effort to look for Died Pretty's
last CD single MY GENERATION LANDSLIDE. Died Pretty are this Aussie band
that have been around for ages, and I like their energy, thought it would be
good to buy this CD, seeing it is their last. It was also single of the week
in one of the street papers. The thing I found out is the lack of support as
far as stores stocking this- HMV ,Sanity and even you JB HIFI, you truely
are lame....not one of these places had a copy- and it wasn't because they
had sold out-that was obvious. I asked someone at Sanity and they said 'Oh
arn't they that German band". I wanted to hit this dumb girl over the head
with a brick...to make it worse she was reading BEAT magazine and in front
of her was an article on them!!! Sanity really needs more people like Wendy
Haynes our friend at JB, Wendy is aware of so many Aussie acts, ok the Finns
rule but if I asked her about Died Pretty she would know....Sanity seem to
employ morons who have no idea about music- current or old...if they didn't
have a computer to look up the release they would be lost....anyway of
course Sanity couldn't help (no surprise there). The only place that had
stock was Missing Link Records- it's been in Melbourne for decades and is
situated at 262 Flinders Lane. They had 2 copies of MY GENERATION LANDSLIDE
so I grabbed one. I was also tempted and bought CBGB's- and the birth of
U.S. Punk. It's a release on the Ocho label (Union Square music label). Love
this CD, mainly because it has THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS performing SLIP
INSIDE THIS HOUSE. Most people have never heard of The 13th Floor Elevators
so here is a bit on them from the booklet.
"The bands name is reputed to have been inspired by the fact that American
buildings of the time rarely had a 13th floor, and the 13th letter of the
alphabet, "M" stood for Marijuana. They figured that if you wanted to reach
the 13th floor (and a new level of consciousness) that you needed to check
out their music and smoke grass. Hippies? Probably, but the 13th Floor
Elevators were obsessed with drugs and it lead to numerous busts,
imprisonment and a constant police presence at their shows.......".
The CD track; SLIP INSIDE THIS HOUSE gives a blurred insight into the mind
of the band and should sound familiar to owners of Primal Screams dance opus
So many cool songs on this CD and most live a CBGBs- The Velvet Underground
with Nico, The Sonics, New York Dolls, Iggy and the stooges, Television,
Wayne County, Blondie, Johnny Thunders etc etc also it has Richard Hell and
the Voidoids. I was really into Richards BLANK GENERATION song when Punk
first started in Australia, in fact the whole album I really liked...so
happy that Dick is on this CBGB's cd.
Not sure if many of the readers have been to CBGBS, I've been a few times,
I remember one of the earlier times heading to this place with Mark, up to
our ankles in garbage on the streets, smack and crack whores everywhere,
broken TV sets on the side walk and all the usual joys of The Bowery in NYC.
CBGB's was as run down as the Bowery itself, at the time it was surrounded
by Skid Row type housing, there was a community, but it always had a dark
underbelly....we didn't hang too long, got a bit trashed but not enough to
let our guard down. When CBGB's first opened, William Burrows lived almost
next door in his little "bunker", Hilly Krystal was the person who really
made CBGB's what it is, and encouraged all those cool New York acts..The
Ramones and Blondie and Television. He was the king of self expression and
all of the people on this CD owe him one way or the other. Anyway music
lesson over...it was a great find, and probably a reward for going out of
the way to track down Died Pretty's last CD...that's what I would like to
think. RIP DIED PRETTY.
Fave single of the week- MY GENERATION LANDSLIDE (well worth the hunting).
Fave character from Queer as Folk (USA)- Emmett. Love when he tried to "go
straight" fantastically funny.I thought it started off a bit lame but QAF
just improves with each show.
Interesting book of the week- "Why do people hate America". (Sardar/Davies-
Icon Books).The writers explore the global impact of America's Foreign
Policy, cultural and corporate power, and the USA perception of itself. I
guess it shows both sides of the American dream and the American nightmare.
An interesting read and shows both sides of the political coin... don't be
put off by the title, it's a pretty honest read.
Fave Food- Coconut icecream from Licks on Chapel Street Prahran.
Fave Look-San Francisco '84 Tshirt under a Route 66 shirt..and Girls in
cotton summer dresses. (must have flower prints)
Fave album- "The Psychedelic Sounds Of..." (The 13th Floor Elevators)
Fave accessory- Anything that goes around the neck (my mouth! My teeth!Opps)
Idiot of the week- NZ Politician Winston Peters....or Peter Costello's Ego.
Leader of the NZ First Party- Winston Peters proving he is a total tosser
with his 'half of the refugee's" admitted into NZ are carrying HIV" comment,
he also refers to HIV as a "third world" disease...about as ignorant as you
can get. Some facts Mr peters- only 28 out of the 2230 (isn't that 1.25% NOT
half) were HIV positive. I hope Lianne Dalziel (NZ immigration minister)
gives him a kick in the balls for this scare mongering (if Winston has any).
Give the car a wash, fill up buckets as I know parts of Victoria is close to
drought, didn't want to use the car wash as I'm sure that uses more then my
few buckets. May get a small run off tank for garden water out back..
We thought the Yeti was off on the road today but it's Wednesday, more
Midnight Oil- don't those guys get sick of touring. They do so much of it-
good to see though, they probably employ quite a few of our friends.
Well our fridge died, it's about 17 years old, wish it could waited till
pay day, isn't that always the case, the main thing breaks down on the day
you are poorest.?
We get a new funky metal Fisher & Paykel, brilliant stainless steel door...
and yeah we know what a fingerprint collection will end up on this...still
nice fridge...good when they are close to a work of art. Australian kitchens
are looking pretty swank these days.
Hessie calls by, just to check out some cover art for his wonderful NUTS CD.
Loves it all, as do we. he is fun today.
Head to the Post Office to buy a chunk of CD boxes for the upcoming CD mail
out, was leaving and Johnny was in line, kinda weird said hello, was all a
We had a fun surprise at breakfast today- Miss Belinda Chapple sneaked up
and grabbed me from behind, she's in town, staying with her new boyfriend,
we sat and chatted for awhile...looks like she might be moving down here to
live which is cool. She's looking pretty special, and tells me that Tiffany
Bardot is also in town, so we pencil in a date where (hopefully) all 3
Bardot's can get together for breaky at Babble. Been so long.
Call into AAV with a new batch of Enz transparency's to be scanned, Tim
didn't like one of the shots on the menu board, which is good as far as the
band being happy, prefer him to say this now , before we lock the project
away...hopefully one or two of these shots will be ok. I like that early Enz
shot of the band in their B&W cossies in front of the giant moon, think
that's the go.
Back home in time for the arrival of the new fridge- we get a bonus pack of
freezer bags- how special are we! (not). Now what to do with the old
monolith. Recycle recycle.
An old school buddy Amanda calls, she was part of the school gang, hmm
mostly woman-funny about that! Nice to hear from her, she tracked down Cathy
and then Cathy sent her my way, it's actually ok. At first I thought, why am
I doing this, I like the future far more than the past, especially school
days stuff, which overall meant very little to me. A handful of people I
have really fond memories of, but only a handful, things like school
reunions I just find to be incredibly tragic, just one big contest of 'this
is what I have done with my life' (urgh).... apparently one happened a few
years ago & Amanda told me that nearly all the people were living in the
same suburbs, and were almost exactly the same except fatter and less hair.
Like why would you bother- I figure if you haven't stayed in contact with
people, most of the time there is a reason....anyway Mark and myself have no
urge to play the Romy and Michelle role and go back. So yes to the school
gang, and no to the rest, and it's fun to see how they have changed on the
outside...guess all of us have...gee my hair has gone naturally black! All
the way back...not a trip I want to go on...I want to go forward.
Jake swallows a marble....good one Jake, that will cause a clang in the
Oh by the way Mark IS Romy! (So he says...)
We may have some special Rocket Pocket Book desk organisers later on,
thought it was a nice idea, scribbling down a design or two...I like that we
can have the odd special unique 'gift'. Have to have a meeting with our
printers and see if they can screen on the logo's. Forget our books, all the
fun stuff around the book company is far more interesting. We get a lot of
people asking about the Rocket Pocket Books Tshirts, Jurate wears hers to
work as does Miss Trudi. Have to put some up on the RPB website.
Qantas share Prospectus arrives, with our pro-rata entitlement...am going
to go for the basic amount of extra shares, as the $4.20 mark is still a tad
above the current share price ($4.15)...not much but I think the offer
should of been around $4.00 per share as the offer....still the price will
rise.It still has a pretty decent fleet (187 aircraft that covers 142
destinations in 32 countries)....last year 27 million people used Qantas
plus a decent safety record...I do like the flying Kangaroo...now if the
food area was improved a bit I'd be totally content to fly them all our
Mark is threatening to cut the back out of our giant cupboard that holds
the TV, DVD's etc etc, it would be easier to do full house renovations! He
is a man obsessed and will have to de stress him today if he can't get all
these extra plugs back into the system...oh stress attack coming, I can feel
it....as he says "it's all too much, I'm not prepared"...which I'm glad as I
can sense a heart attack coming on!!!!!
FARSCAPE gets cancelled, production on series 4 would up in Sydney last
week. I've never liked the show, but other Sci fi fans enjoy it. USA Sci Fi
network dropped it, Australia has gotten rid of it, the English are the only
people who really are obsessed and I blame Jane at SFX magazine totally for
this (and yes I am kidding Jane)..I keep saying FARSCAPE IS average , Buffy
forever but SFX are fighting it! Seriously though, sad when any Sci Fi show
gets the axe as it weakens the market and studios go a bit weird about
investing in Sci Fi. I'm still watching Andromeda and it has some good
moments, not great though. Enterprise is back on in Australia, Trip seems to
be doing more semi nude scenes and the Vulcan is getting close to being the
hottest babe in Sci Fi land. (Plus she kicks arse).
Thought it was a good thing for Greens leader, Senator Bob Brown to verbally
protest (and get dragged away by security) after he approached Chinese
leader Li Peng and calling out 'Free Tibet". After all it was Li Peng who
was personally responsible for the directive to send the tanks into Tinanmen
Square (1989) which ended up killing hundreds of activists for democracy.
Sometimes Bob Brown makes the right moves- every so often actions speak
louder then words.
Was also impressed that John Howard told the liberal party to lay off
attacking the Labour party in response to the possible Iraq war, as Howard
said everyone should be entitled to their opinion on such a serious matter.
Even though I still don't like Howard's White Australia style politics, he
proved this time he is capable of a decent response...there is hope.
Let everyone know that our old drinking buddy Cecelia gave birth to a baby
girl- Andrea on 29th August...my sisters birthday too, we buy her the
funkiest booties I've ever seen- tiger skin style...hand made quality.
Anyway congrats Cecelia and David. Welcome to the world young Andrea.
Peter Costello (Treasurer and contender for the PM's crown) sounds like he
has a major bruised Ego, after liberal colleagues push for John Howard to
Good to see our Bic Runga girl, with a full page article in The Age EG
today, nice photo too, this will probably help sell out her 4th show at The
Cornish Arms on September 25th (Melbourne).
Manage to grab the last bottle of Active+ Honey from the Supermarket. This
Australian company medihoney have been making this available for awhile now
and it's very popular. I like their Manuka & Jellybush brand. It's a
therapeutic honey for dietary use. It's a antibacterial honey derived from
plants in Aust/NZ. Most Manuka/Jellybush honey is not active, it must be
active for it to work best. It's great to prevent mouth and throat
infections. Works incredibly well, like all good natural things. Far better
then something created in a lab.
Bec heads to the Northern Territory for a holiday, hopefully her Mum and
her won't get kidnapped and tied to a tree!!! Seems to happen a lot up
The weekend already. I attack the bathrooms with old toothbrush in hand,
the showers and bath are getting a major work over. Spring clean is under
Mark decides to shower outside when the top of the hose comes off and
thoroughly soaks him *grin* Marks new 'wet look' girls! He is in high stress
mode today, at least he isn't crying yet.....
Was going to go to the gallery and pick up this latest batch of art but
decided to wait till our Amex cards are paid. Even art purchases gives us
Had an idea for Rocket Pocket Books- with the Finns in the studio working
on songs for the 2nd Finn Bros CD, I thought we might be able to have a
small Bang sized book all about the mailing of the cd, photos, text,
handwritten lyrics etc, same size as Hussy/Bang/Glamour and available from
us or on the road....need to speak to Tim and Neil about this. many years
ago Tim released a similar size book around Big canoe and it was really
cool. So that could be an idea for not too far down the track.
Watch Arnold in the 'The 6th Day' a bit average, too much like a poor mans
Total Recall...and a few other Arny movies, a parody of Arnold?
Didn't sleep too well, a few Footy yobbo's going by last night, read for
awhile, more Anita Blake, and drifted on and off. Up early and work on this
Diary update. Rosemaree calls and we have a babble breaky, her massive nose
pimple looks far more like a nose piercing today. (:
Buy some flowers at the supermarket and some bleach to finish the showers,
use it sparingly as I worry about what goes down the drains these days.
Give my Mum a call, we keep playing phone tag all week, bet she's in the
garden, hopefully it's as nice up North as it is down here in Melbourne
town. Sanity magazine have the release date for both the Skyhooks DVD and
the Split Enz DVD as November 11th, I think they will be a week later but
hey as long as it's before Christmas I am happy. What a lonnnnng project.
In a few weeks time I will need to get a few more work offers in, I think,
might talk to Neil, Paul and Nick about starting on the Crowded House DVD/S
soon. They should be easier then the Enz one.
That's it from this neck of the woods. I'm sitting here looking at the book
award for Hussy and Bang, and I should finish this by thanking all of the
readers who supported both these projects by buying a copy, and Deb too for
her efforts around this website. Both books are down to the last few copies
and yes they are available via the website (go to the merchandise area at
the bottom)...or email me email@example.com if you need prices or want to buy
direct.... while we have a few hardcover copies available.
Stay safe but don't let life pass you buy..it's too precious.
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