All singing, all dancing … the launch of the Push is on Thursday night. I’m paranoid that I’ll get the flu before Thursday arrives, for reasons will become evident on the night, but am delighted at the prospect of having all the aspects of my life intersecting in one place in one evening. Once upon a time this would have freaked me out. Ah, maturity.
I didn’t realise how many people around Perth know Laurie Apps, who is launching the book. Laurie is, amongst other things, a media commentator and lecturer and president of the Fremantle Tennis Club, and everyone from Hansard reporters to old teaching colleagues to my former drama teacher know him. He’s also a thoroughly decent bloke.
And, on a completely different subject, this blog from Aidan Chambers on prizes and what they’re for is just brilliant.
I’ve been a 50s/60s music tragic for most of my life, so compiling the soundtrack for the launch of The Push will let me subject punters to all of my AM radio favourites: Gene Vincent, Lonnie Donegan, Neil Sedaka, Everley Brothers, the Big Bopper, Johnny O’Keefe, Bill Haley*. Oh yes. I’ve also thown in a few pre-fame Beatles tracks – Long Tall Sally and (slightly post 50s) How Do You Do It. (They were so raw and so good in those early years. Sigh.)
The launch is 3 July. I’m tempted to ask people to wear 50s dress, but that could be frightening (picture skirts with lots of petticoats and headbands for the girls, BrillCream for the guys. I think not). Mind you, if anyone wants to dance like this, they’re quite welcome.
*I remember hearing somewhere that Bill Haley married his 13 year old cousin at some point, but I can’t find a reference to it anywhere. Maybe it was some other 50s rocker. Anyone know?
** It wasn’t Bill Haley, it was Jerry Lee Lewis.