© Steve Neil 2017
Dural HiFi and Home Theatre
StoryTime
A Time of Reflection I say this because, no matter how hard I try, I remember bugger all about my life around this time. I recall buying a new guitar from Grace Brothers Department Store, taking out my first finance contract to do so but that’s about it. The Peace played a couple of gigs around the Kogarah area but I guess the traveling became too much as memories of the band just fade away. My first serious guitar. It was around 1968 when I bought a new newspaper full of advertisements called Trading Post. It wasn’t very popular back then so not a great readership. In the musical instruments section I saw an ad for a Fender Jazzmaster Guitar, owned by an old guy (all relative these days) who had given up playing. It was advertised for $120 and I offered $100, the offer was accepted and I had a pristine Fender with hard case (I sold it a couple of years later for $150 and thought I was fantastic for making $50 on the deal. Value today is around $7000 - $10,000 - sob!). This led to a resurgence of interest and practicing nightly improved my musicianship and confidence. Always looking to be in “The Next Big Group” I diligently read all the ads for Guitarists and went for numerous auditions. I think I was playing in two bands at the one time at the end of 1968, one via an ad to play with a Band in Lidcome started by a guy who was to become pivotal in my life both musically and personally. Peter Buckley, who is still a friend and confidant 50 years on. More about Pete later. I also answered an ad for a lead guitarist for a band based in Cabramatta (around 35 kms from where I lived), I went and auditioned, was accepted and practiced for around three months with them. I was thrown out for not being up to standard and for missing too many practices (the tyranny of distance). That band was to become Sebastion Hardy and the singer Jon English (sadly now passed away). I guess I missed my big chance with that one. So, back to Pete and his band. Whilst not a commercial success, it achieved what I actually wanted out of a group. Sex and Rock’n’Roll. We had many name changes, The Creation and The Crystal Ship but to name a couple. That’s me on guitar and Pete singing into an old (new back then) reel to reel tape recorder. Pete led me astray something terrible in the early days. As an example, he lined me up with a blind date to attend the Bacchus Ball at the Roundhouse, UNSW, a tribute to the Bacchus, the Roman God of wine (my favorite deity) and my normal modus operandi with girls back then was to get them tipsy, this one got me absolutely pissed to the point that, when taken back to her friends place to do the dirty deed, I passed out and couldn’t perform. She dumped me the next day!
© Steve Neil 2017
Dural HiFi and Home Theatre
StoryTime
A Time of Reflection I say this because, no matter how hard I try, I remember bugger all about my life around this time. I recall buying a new guitar from Grace Brothers Department Store, taking out my first finance contract to do so but that’s about it. The Peace played a couple of gigs around the Kogarah area but I guess the traveling became too much as memories of the band just fade away. My first serious guitar. It was around 1968 when I bought a new newspaper full of advertisements called Trading Post. It wasn’t very popular back then so not a great readership. In the musical instruments section I saw an ad for a Fender Jazzmaster Guitar, owned by an old guy (all relative these days) who had given up playing. It was advertised for $120 and I offered $100, the offer was accepted and I had a pristine Fender with hard case (I sold it a couple of years later for $150 and thought I was fantastic for making $50 on the deal. Value today is around $7000 - $10,000 - sob!). This led to a resurgence of interest and practicing nightly improved my musicianship and confidence. Always looking to be in “The Next Big Group” I diligently read all the ads for Guitarists and went for numerous auditions. I think I was playing in two bands at the one time at the end of 1968, one via an ad to play with a Band in Lidcome started by a guy who was to become pivotal in my life both musically and personally. Peter Buckley, who is still a friend and confidant 50 years on. More about Pete later. I also answered an ad for a lead guitarist for a band based in Cabramatta (around 35 kms from where I lived), I went and auditioned, was accepted and practiced for around three months with them. I was thrown out for not being up to standard and for missing too many practices (the tyranny of distance). That band was to become Sebastion Hardy and the singer Jon English (sadly now passed away). I guess I missed my big chance with that one. So, back to Pete and his band. Whilst not a commercial success, it achieved what I actually wanted out of a group. Sex and Rock’n’Roll. We had many name changes, The Creation and The Crystal Ship but to name a couple. That’s me on guitar and Pete singing into an old (new back then) reel to reel tape recorder. Pete led me astray something terrible in the early days. As an example, he lined me up with a blind date to attend the Bacchus Ball at the Roundhouse, UNSW, a tribute to the Bacchus, the Roman God of wine (my favorite deity) and my normal modus operandi with girls back then was to get them tipsy, this one got me absolutely pissed to the point that, when taken back to her friends place to do the dirty deed, I passed out and couldn’t perform. She dumped me the next day!