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Incredible book of truth release

Incredible book of truth release
Media Release: 4 September 2018
Chugg Entertainment & Support Act Presents
To coincide with the publication of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock‘n’Roll by Stuart Coupe, Chugg Entertainment & Support Act are pleased to announce two special lunchtime events at The Factory, Sydney (Wednesday, 26 September 2018) and Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne  (Thursday, 4 October 2018).
During the lunches, Stuart will sit down with legends of the Australian road crew world, Nicky Campbell and Ross Ferguson in Sydney and Howard Freeman and Geoff Lloyd in Melbourne to recall various tales of life on the road. The world’s first female roadie, Tana Douglas, is flying in from Los
Angeles to speak on both panels. 
All are featured in Stuart’s book, which covers 60 years of
Australian music, commencing in 1957.
The lunches will run from 12:00pm until 2:30pm and will include acoustic performances in Sydney from Richard Clapton & Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd from Hoodoo Gurus. Phil Manning will be performing in Melbourne with more artists to be announced. All attendees will receive a signed copy of the book with net proceeds to benefit the Support Act Roadies Fund, which is administered in association with ARCA – The Australian Road Crew Association.
“Roadies are the backbone of the Australian music industry. Like everyone else, we were excited to hear that their contribution to Australian music was being documented by Stuart. We are looking forward to re-living the highs and the lows, and of course, to raising funds for those that are doing it
tough.”- Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act.
“ARCA thanks Support Act for their continued support of road crew and this function for getting together an incredible bunch of stories from the ‘Roadies’ that helped build the Australian music industry with their hands, hearts and minds. We acknowledge their contribution and give tribute to the fallen. As we all know no crew, no show.”- Ian Peel, Director of ARCA.
Stuart Coupe is an author, journalist, music commentator, independent artist, publicist and radio broadcaster who has been involved with music all his life. Amongst the books he has written, edited or collaborated on are The New Music (1980), The New Rock'n'Roll (1983), The Promoters (2003) and Gudinski (2015).
Full event details are as follows:
Media Release: 4 September 2018
Sydney - Factory Theatre Wednesday 26 September 2018
Road Crew Panel:
Nicky Campbell-The Rebels, Skyhooks, Rene Geyer, Cold Chisel
Ross Ferguson -Little River Band, Tina Turner, Elton John, Beastie Boys
Tana Douglas- AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo
Melbourne - Thornbury Theatre Thursday 4 October 2018
Road Crew Panel:
Howard Freeman Sherbet, Dragon, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Geoff Lloyd Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes, Last Chance Cafe
Tana Douglas AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo
Event Rundown
12:00pm Pre Drinks
12:30pm Artist Performance
12:45pm Lunch Commences
1:15pm Panel Commences
2:15pm Artist Performance
2:30pm Close
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Factory Theatre
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Thursday 4 October 2018
Thornbury Theatre
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Single Entry: $80.00
Tables of 10: $800.00
(Includes entry, hot buffet lunch & a copy of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock ‘n Roll)
For Media enquiries please contact Sue McAullay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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For Chugg Entertainment enquiries please contact Nick Chugg: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Support Act Fundraising Licence No: BOOK18
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Reunion Wrap-Up

Reunion Wrap-Up
What a day!!! Sunday 22nd April saw 127 members attending the ARCA 2018 Melbourne Reunion at St Kilda Sports Club, all with big smiles on their faces for there was much to smile about…

After the obligatory photo shoot, crew and associates mingled, catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances, with the occasional stroll to the bar. Topolino’s provided their tasty pizzas as sustenance for those who could not wait for dinner.

Once official photographer Greg Noakes had managed to assemble everyone for the group photo (no easy feat!), those present filed in to the club rooms, to be greeted at the door by MC for the afternoon, Brian Nankervis.

brian nicky campbellBrian kicked off proceedings as Rockwiz’s quizmaster with ARCA’s own version of “Who Can It Be Now”, having the audience name the song and artist while Bill McCormick played snippets of songs.

Birthday boy Nicky Campbell was ‘volunteered’ by Brian to keep score.

Ally Dosser was the clear individual champion, but a hotly disputed result saw the men's team gaining bonus points (somewhat unfairly some would say) thanks to Jimmy Murrie's winning Peter Garrett dance!

jimmy murrieIt was then time for the speeches as there was a great deal to tell… ARCA has been undergoing some significant changes and it was left to Ross Fergusson to explain what has been occurring. Fergy began by expressing his passion for the welfare of crew (past, present and future), emphasising the highly technical skills they possess and the groundbreaking Australian crew who are so well respected on worldwide tours.

He thanked Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson, acknowledging their incredible work over the last 6 years as co-founders of ARCA, and went on to explain that others have also been closely involved in helping ARCA over the journey, citing Paul O'Gorman, Sebastian Chase, Howard Freeman, Tony Moran, Prof. Phil Graham and Joanna Cave as some of the many who have given their time.

It was at this point Fergy introduced Robyn Good, David Harding, Irene Enery, Tony and Sharyn Moran, along with himself, as ARCA’s new Steering Committee. Ian and Adrian were brought onstage as the ARCA directors and will work with the committee on ARCA’s future direction.

Fergy advised that a "think tank" will be made available for members to put forward ideas and ask questions to the ARCA steering committee. He noted that the survey had told us what members wanted of ARCA and that now we are creating portfolios for the steering committee to coordinate everything required.

More information on the survey results and the portfolios will be shared with all members in the near future, along with the names of additional volunteers including state reps. Fergy’s speech was received with much enthusiasm and applause.

gaffasIrene Enery’s lighthearted presentation of the Golden GAFA's came next. The awards, provided by Andrew Snow, were in recognition of service to crew, to those who "Give A Fuck".

They were awarded to Jef Risk, Ashley Swinfield, Billy McCartney, Nikki Koumos, Kath Millar, Nicky Campbell and Allan “Puckoon” Anderson.

Irene explained ARCA’s intention for formal awards to be created for future special events, with the Golden GAFA's voted on by the entire membership base in recognition and respect of fellow crew.

ARCA director Ian "Piggy" Peel then got up and thanked everyone, reasserting Fergy's speech. Piggy's speech was a moving and heartfelt contribution to proceedings, about why ARCA had come about and it's reason for being… ”looking after our own".

He respectfully read out the names of those lost since the last reunion and then led us to a minutes silence.

mae parkerNext up the music was introduced with Allan Caswell and Phil Manning playing Allan's tribute song to crew "The Boys In Black" (with all proceeds from his single donated to ARCA).

Mae Parker and band David Bray, Ian Holding, John Arthur Grant and Mark Kennedy then performed "The Load Out" with Piggy and Brian providing superb falsetto backing vocals.
Finally Piggy announced the winners of the donated door prizes, thanking all those who had come.

The evening then slowly dissolved into deep friendships, drifting off into groups of mates. The way it always has been... and the way it always will.

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 ARCA wishes to thank the following for their amazing contributions!
Gaynor Anderson
James Anfuso
David Bray
Allan Caswell
Michael Chugg
Ally Dosser
Peter Evans
John Arthur Grant
Michael Gudinski
Geoff Howard
Mark Kennedy
Neil King
Love Police ATM
Andrew Majewski
Phil Manning
Bill McCormick
Peter McCrindle
Kath Miller
Brian Nankervis
Greg Noakes
Tom Orchard
Mae Parker
Anne Phillips
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Andrew Snow
St Kilda Sports Club
Denise Turra
Graeme Webber
Michael Wickow
Peter Wilson
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Perth 2018 Reunion

Perth 2018 Reunion

You are all invited to attend the innaugural ARCA Perth Reunion

Tuesday, April 10th
The Astor Lounge, Astor Theatre

659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA
6:30 PM - 10 PM

$25 online or pay @ the door and ARCA Polo's $25 on the day
Discount Bar Price Drinks and Nibbles (and maybe a few surprises)!
CREW & Members are welcome!


or RSVP by 27th April. 2018.

NB: You need to make contact so we know who is coming...
Either website, Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come and remember, honour and pay respect to your mates that aren't here with us and give a hug to those that are. Share some love and stories. Leave grudges at the door and laugh about what we can't remember.

Between all of you there should be a few that can offer a bed. Check out if anyone is drivingthere and maybe split the travel costs.

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ARCA thanks Nik Tischler & Live Nation.



Live Nation Australia & New Zealand have just donated $15,000 to Support Act, "on behalf of the valued staff and contractors that help Live Nation produce hundreds of events each year. Without the commitment of every individual, whether driver, marketer, tour manager or roadie, we couldn't do what we do."

Thanks go out to Jo Cave and Howard Freeman for their incredible effort to make this happen. 

Live Nation is intending to announce a formal charitable giving policy in the near future.

"I would like to think that this is the start of an ongoing relationship between our Company and your Organisation(s). My support for the work that ARCA and Support Act do is steadfast - I will continue to do anything I can to assist those in our community that have reached out. To this end we will continue ongoing conversations and ideas about how our companies can work together going forward." - Nik Tischler 

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Donate to the ‘Noddy’ O’Donnell appeal

Donate to the ‘Noddy’ O’Donnell appeal

Mark O’Donnell, known as Noddy, has worked behind the scenes for many Aussie and international artists, including Kevin Borich and Richard Clapton. He has been tour manager for the likes of Icehouse, The Pointer Sisters, Hot Chocolate, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Eric Burdon, Dragon, Cheap Trick, America, Lori Morgan, Omen International and Selwyn Miller.

Sadly Noddy has recently been diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He is based in the USA. His family and friends here in Australia have set up this appeal to help cover his medical and care home costs. Thank you for any support you can give.

You can donate by clicking DONATE below and you will receive a tax deductible receipt by return email for all gifts over $2.


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