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Mick Geyer: Music Guru [Home]

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4 PART RADIO DOCUMENTARY SERIES WITH 3 MUSIC TRIBUTE PROGRAMS
PRESENTED BY LISA PALERMO, first broadcast on PBS over 7 consecutive nights in April 2006.

Listen to the entire series

DOCUMENTARY #1:
Mon 10 April 2006, 7pm

Making Connections
Explores the beginnings of Mick Geyer's passion for music and contemporary culture and his influence on the PBS magazine WAVES in the mid-1980's... more info, audio & transcript

DOCUMENTARY #2:
Tue 11 April 2006, 7pm

The PBS Years
Continues with Mick Geyer's time at PBS; his ability to enthuse others through his musical discoveries, his distinctive radio programs, and examples of his radio and interview style... more info, audio & transcript

DOCUMENTARY #3:
Wed 12 April 2006, 7pm

The Educator
Reveals Mick Geyer's subtle role as a catalyst and friend to musicians, filtering ideas, as well as broadening, informing and challenging their musical interests... more info, audio & transcript

DOCUMENTARY #4:
Thu 13 April 2006, 7pm

The Private Man
Includes the more personal recollections and a wider exploration of Mick Geyer's legacy, including his work with Nick Cave at the Meltdown Festival in London in 1999... more info, audio & transcript

MUSIC TRIBUTE #1:
Fri 14 April 2006, 7pm

Henry Rollins pt.1
A surprisingly eclectic special tribute music program, with Henry Rollins presenting music that Mick Geyer either turned him on to, or that they both listened to and discussed... more info, audio & transcript

MUSIC TRIBUTE #2:
Sat 15 April 2006, 7pm

Henry Rollins pt.2
The conclusion of Henry Rollins' wide-ranging special music tribute program... more info, audio & transcript

MUSIC TRIBUTE #3:
Sun 16 April 2006, 7pm

Graeme Osborne Tribute
Graeme pays tribute to Mick Geyer presenting a range of excellent jazz and blues music that they shared... more info, audio & transcript

ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Mick Geyer was a broadcaster and journalist in the alternative Melbourne music scene in the 1980's and 1990's. His influence was widespread, but remained largely outside the public view.

His passion for music and contemporary culture formed a solid base for his activities. With a personality to match his formidable range of interests, Mick made a lasting impression on many people, often moving from interviewer to friend in a single conversation.

At PBS he was a broadcaster and Editor of the station magazine WAVES. Amongst many musicians he was a catalyst to musical discovery through conversation, his legendary cassette tape compilations and writer of epic press releases! More recently, he edited health-related material for the World Health Organisation.

After he died in April 2004, there were two recurring themes in recollections of him:

  • the 'Geyer Tapes' - those finely crafted collections of musical enlightenment covering jazz, blues, alternative, punk, be-bop, gospel, reggae, African, eastern and everything in between, and
  • the fact that no-one seemed to have a complete picture of Mick.

"The original idea was to replicate the Geyer Tapes in a series of radio programs, inviting people to share their tapes and to talk about the circumstances of receiving them", said project producer, Moira Drew, "but it quickly became clear that something concentrating on Mick himself was warranted".

Sophie Best, PBS Program Manager at the time, began seeking contributions, and said that the cooperation of many people was really heartening.

Notably, Henry Rollins offered to record a special music program, presenting music that Mick either turned him on to, or that they both listened to and discussed. Graeme Osborne who presented 'Something Else' on PBS for many years, also preferred to make his contribution through music. These two music features provide an ideal balance to the 4 hours of interview material.

Interviews were mostly recorded in the studios of PBS with one or two on location. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis were interviewed by studio link from London, Henry Rollins likewise from Los Angeles.

With anecdotes, impressions and testimonies from 35 interviewees, excerpts from over 100 pieces of music, and archival material from 9 sources, the series gives a comprehensive view of the Melbourne alternative music scene in the late 1980's and early 90's. This is as complete a picture of Mick Geyer as we could have hoped.

'Mick Geyer: Music Guru' is presented by Lisa Palermo, and was first broadcast on PBS in Melbourne over 7 consecutive days 7-8pm from 10-16 April 2006, marking the 2nd anniversary of Mick's death.

The series was later made available to Community radio stations around Australia via satellite, and is now available again on this website.

'Mick Geyer: Music Guru' was produced for PBS by Moira Drew, Lisa Palermo, Jenni Crowley, Garry Havrillay and Bill Runting.

ARCHIVE SOURCES

Mick's radio shows on PBS;
  • The Story behind 'Ghosts of the Civil Dead' - 1 June 1989
  • 'Diamonds Deliciously Cold' - 16 April 1987
  • 'Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold' - 1988?

Nick Cave interviewing Mick Geyer on video in 1996.

Wim Wenders interviewed by Mick Geyer - 28 March 1988

'Sex Beat Show' presented by Jacquie Smith - featuring guest Blixa Bargeld on PBS - 19 March 1988

Blixa Bargeld - music presentation on PBS - 28 March 1988

ABC Radio National - 'Arts Talk' 8th August 1999, feature on London Meltdown Festival

PBS-FM Archives - PBS-FM/TVU live simulcast from the Old Greek Theatre, Richmond - 21 October 1988.

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