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Helen Marcou AM and Quincy McLean AM

As part of our commitment to capturing and sharing great Australian music stories, the Australian Music Vault asked some of the country’s most influential trailblazers and unsung heroes to open up about their lives in music.

Helen Marcou AM and Quincy McLean AM have been passionate advocates for Melbourne's live music scene for decades. In 1991, they opened Bakehouse Studios, one of Australia’s best-loved rehearsal studios and recording venues. In 2010, they co-founded Save Live Australia's Music (SLAM), a protest movement that inspired 20,000 people to take to the streets when laws linking live music venues with ‘high risk’ behaviour began to threaten small venues and gigs across the city.

In this interview with Brian Nankervis, Helen and Quincy reflect on the importance of preserving Australian musical history, and share stories from Bakehouse Studios and many of the artists who have passed through their doors including Ed Sheeran, DC3 and Tool. They also recall the excitement leading up to the day of the SLAM Rally, ‘the largest cultural rally in Australia’s history’ and its role in helping to put the Melbourne live-music scene on the political agenda.

Helen Marcou AM & Quincy McLean AM | Long Play Series

Interviewer: Brian Nankervis

Location: Melbourne Room, Arts Centre Melbourne, 2017

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