Kings Cross has long been a place to party…

This audio feature was produced for Sydney Sidetracks and brings together a series of ABC recordings about the nightlife of the â??dirty half mileâ?? during the twentieth century. You’ll hear some of the usual sounds of the street-  buskers singing out of tune, street brawls and dance music blaring from clubs. But the club is Whiskey A Go-Go in 1968, and the busker is singing in 1982. So not that much has changed, right?


Voices here include comic performer Hal Lashwood, the writer Robin Eakin (alter Robin Dalton), bohemian journalist Dulcie Deamer, Joan Lindsay,  the contemporary social commentator Catherine Lumby, and Les Girls dancer â??Ayshaâ??. Location recordings date from the 1960s and 1980s, and include a visit made by the ABC’s Four Corners to the Whiskey A-Go-Go nightclub in 1968.

Audio includes excerpts from the following interviews held by ABC Archives:
DULCIE DEAMER (ABC Radio, date unknown) , HAL LASHWOOD (ABC Radio 1986), Robin Eakin (1988) Ayesha interviewed as part of PEOPLE OF THE CROSS, 6 (Radio National 1994), Joan Lindsay, Catherine Lumby interviewed for Bohemian Rhapsody (Tony Moore, ABC Documentaries, 2002).