Almanac Music: ‘Rock’n’Roll City: 1978 – 1983 The Roadrunner Years’ – Eric Algra


Music fans are in for a treat when they feast their eyes upon photographer Eric Algra’s book Rock’n’Roll City.


Eric captured the heady days of post-punk and pub rock for Adelaide music newspaper Roadrunner from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.


“My intention was always to catch that special moment where the essence of rock’n’roll was distilled in one click of the shutter,” says Eric.


He was there as bands from near and far graced the stages of sweaty Adelaide pubs and intimate concert venues: Bob Marley, Elvis Costello, The Clash, Talking Heads, Graham Parker, Paul Kelly, The Angels, Cold Chisel, The Divinyls, The Boys Next Door, Icehouse, Skyhooks, The Sports, No Fixed Address, Young Homebuyers…


“When I look back now,” says Eric, “and consider that I was able to experience and photograph acts like The Boys Next Door (even though I was never big on punk music), I was fortunate to witness what proved a seismic upheaval in rock music.”


“The photos are stunning,” writes Paul Kelly, “so vivid they jump off the page. Beautiful, dramatic black and white – you can’t beat it. The photographs of Don Walker in a darkening field and of Peter Garrett with one hand on his heart are worth the price of the book alone.”


The book will be launched in early 2022 at the opening of the exhibition Rock’n’Roll City, organised in partnership with the Performing Arts Collection of South Australia. The exhibition will be staged in the Ian and Pamela Wall Gallery of the newly refurbished Her Majesty’s Theatre, an Adelaide landmark.


Rock’n’Roll City retails for $75, plus $15 postage. Contact Eric via email: [email protected]


Rock’n’Roll City website


Eric’s  website





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  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Ahh, Roadrunner. I still have every copy.

    Hope I can make it over to Adelaide at some point to see the exhibition. A great Elizabeth man is Eric.

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