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The story of Central Station Records and its crucial role in
the development of the electronic dance music scene in Australia and New
Zealand from the 1970s to today.
Founded in the 1970s, Central
Station Records grew from a tiny Melbourne store into an iconic dance
music brand, with physical stores in major cities, plus busy
mail-order and export operations, and successful recording labels and
streetwear lines. The focus was electronic dance music – from disco and house
to hip hop and hardcore – and the whole lifestyle surrounding it.
In many ways, original owners Giuseppe
(Jo) Palumbo and Morgan Williams were unlikely entrepreneurs. Both from the
wrong side of the tracks in their respective birthplaces (Italy and New
Zealand), they were motivated more by the prospect of achievement, freedom and
fun than by any hunger for money and status. Unfortunately for them, freedom
and fun were hard to come by for many years, as they contended with legal
threats, supply embargoes and intimidation tactics. Fortunately, though, dance
music took off in a big way. Generations of DJs, clubbers, ravers and radio
listeners supported their stores and tunes.
Based on interviews with fifty-plus leading DJs, producers
and entrepreneurial creatives, ‘Music Wars’ is the
story of how a new music form emerged from the underground and grew to become a
major force in the mainstream. Baby-boomers may have marched in the streets for
social equality, but the ecstasy generation drove radical social change by
choosing to dance together in their thousands, irrespective of race, gender,
sexuality or social class.
At a time when inclusiveness is under threat right around
the world, this is a story that must be told.