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Bohemian Melbourne: A Modern Retrospective

 

Absinthe.com.au have received the following Press Release on a very exciting event:

“Opening on 12 December, Bohemian Melbourne will weave the story of Melbourne’s bohemian scenes, subcultures and identities from the mid-19th century until today. The exhibition celebrates artists, writers, poets, performers, musicians and filmmakers who made their mark on Melbourne over the last 150 years including the likes of Marcus Clarke, Percy Grainger, Barry Humphries, Mika Mora and Nick Cave.

Bohemian Melbourne features a cast of colourful characters including well-known Melbourne iconoclasts – like Albert Tucker and Joy Hester, Tim and Betty Burstall, Frank Thring and The Skyhooks – and lesser known avant garde figures like Vali Myers and Val Eastwood. The exhibition also explores modern day bohemians such as goths, punks, burlesque and street artists.

 

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Along with individuals, the exhibition delves into places that have etched themselves into Melbourne’s history such as Heide, Montsalvat, the Savage Club, La Mama, the Pram Factory, the Crystal Ballroom and the Nicholas Building.

Bohemian Melbourne brings together paintings, photographs, prints, books, diaries, letters, costumes, posters and album covers along with a diverse selection of rarely seen film and video from the National Film and Sound Archive, the ABC and numerous independent filmmakers. The exhibition has been curated by the State Library of Victoria with advisor Tony Moore, Monash University historian and author of Dancing With Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians.

Bohemian Melbourne will be a free exhibition in the Keith Murdoch Gallery at the State Library from 12 December 2014 until 22 February 2015.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a summer program of live music, film screenings, art workshops, walking tours, talks and pop-up performances.”

Full details can be found at at http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/bohemian-melbourne 

 

 

Posted by Jonathan on Nov 16th 2014 | Filed in Art,Burlesque,Cabaret,Culture,Events,Fashion,History,Literature,News | Comments (0)

Pernod Plans Revealed In New Absinthe Market Report


The fine folk at Just Drinks and the International Wine & Spirit Research magazine have released probably the first comprehensive global market analysis of absinthe, but being closer to $900AUS , we certainly don’t feel flush enough this side of Xmas to run out and purchase it.

However their article spruiking the report does contain some interesting nuggets of information.


It is reported that Pernod Ricard is “seeking to breathe new life into absinthe by targeting its own namesake brand of the controversial spirit at the arts and fashion world”. Far be it from us to suggest that maybe this is a band wagon Pernod Ricard should have jumped on properly on at the onset, and may well be regarded as a bit Johnny–Come-Lately by those  absinthe cognoscenti. While their modern Pernod absinthe is a good entry level product it does not necessarily set the world on fire, and what with their under investment in promoting the product since its re-entry to the market, it is no surprise they only sell about 15,000 cases annually.

But Pernod Ricard has the bucks and the marketing gravitas to make this all about the image and less about what is actually in the bottle, heaven knows it worked for Green Fairy, and thereby has a major advantage over more premium artisan products and mascerated-window cleaner ‘absinth’ products.

Maybe a reformulation is in the winds ? – we can only hope, when international director for Pernod absinthe, Jean-François Collobert is quoted “Since the restrictions were lifted in France in 2011 we decided to accelerate the redevelopment of our absinthe brand both in terms of the product itself, but also in terms of geographic expansion”. Furthermore, Collobert states in the article that he sees Pernod absinthe remaining a super-premium product, perhaps as a step up from the Pernod and Ricard anis drinks, with capacity for doubling the volume and making absinthe a major.

Many already in the know would say they have a high bar to jump to be ‘super-premium’ compared to artisan absinthe products on the market, but good luck to them.

It’s a shame Just Drinks keep perpetuating the disproven palava about 19th C Absinthe having much higher levels of thujone.

Posted by Jonathan on Jan 2nd 2012 | Filed in Absinthe brands,Literature,News | Comments (0)

Cordial Relations Over Absinthe

The depiction of the absinthe imbiber as a figure of satire and ridicule is increasingly apparent in period newspapers and publication of the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, riding shotgun to more formal prohibitionist sentimentality.

A curious piece reproduced in the New Zealand Taranaki Herald (Volume XLVIII, Issue 11755, 23 February 1900) effectively borrows a Boer War propaganda poem & song by Rudyard Kipling of 1899 ‘The Absent Minded Beggar’, making social commentary on the then state of Anglo-French relations by changing it to ‘The Absinthe Minded Beggar’.

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Posted by Jonathan on Apr 12th 2010 | Filed in Culture,History,Literature | Comments (0)

The Poetic Lot of a Canny Scot


Love
-Edwin Morgan

Love rules. Love laughs. Love marches. Love
is the wolf that guards the gate.
Love is the food of music, art, poetry. It
fills us and fuels us and fires us to create.
Love is terror. Love is sweat. Love is bashed
pillow, crumpled sheet, unenviable fate.
Love is the honour that kills and saves and nothing
will ever let that high ambiguity abate.
Love is the crushed ice that tingles and shivers
and clinks fidgin-fain for the sugar-drenched
absinth to fall on it and alter its state.
With love you send a probe
So far from the globe
No one can name the shoals the voids the belts the
zones the drags the flares it signals all to
leave all and to navigate.

Who says the era of absinthe-addled poets is part of history long gone?

This poem written in 2002 by Scotland’s National Poet, Edwin Morgan shows that the allure of the green muse still prompts literary reference and deference.
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Posted by Jonathan on May 1st 2009 | Filed in Culture,Literature,People | Comments (0)

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