Stereo Embers The Podcast: Lindy Morrison (The Go-Betweens)

Written by on 02/28/2024

“Shane O’Mara Wore Mascara”

Okay, so let’s not be ridiculous–it’s impossible to tell you a little bit about Lindy Morrison because there’s so much to tell. But for the sake of time I’ll condense what I can about this remarkable woman–just keep in mind this is a partial and very expurgated description of her accomplishments. My suggestion is that you read My Rock And Roll Friend, by Everything But the Girl’s Tracey Thorn, who writes about her friendship with Morrison while offering a contextual explanation about why she’s such an important musician, drummer and artist. The Sydney-born Morrison played in the all-female Aussie punk band Zero before joining the Go-Betweens in 1980. She was with the Go-Betweens until 1989, playing on such classic albums as Tallulah, Spring Hill Fair and 16 Lovers Lane. In addition to being a drummer, Morrison is an activist, a social worker and a humanitarian. She’s worked on behalf of Aboriginal rights, women’s rights and the rights of musicians with mild intellectual disabilities. Her extensive writing about gender issues in the music industry
is peerless. She was awarded The Order of Australia Medal for services as a performer and advocate, and back in 2007 she was appointed as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Music Council of Australia for her services assisting community music initiatives and guidance around performer’s rights. She’s a rockstar, yes, but she’s also a rockstar as a person. Over the course of her career she’s collaborated with everyone from Nikki Sudden to Nick Cave, and currently she’s playing with Alex the Astronaut and the SnarskiCircusLindyBand with Rob Snarski of the Blackeyed Susans. Morrison is a subtle and smart drummer, whose sneaky percussive fills roll with rhythmic grace and steady muscle. And she’s a blast to talk to–you’re going to love her.

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