Ross Hannaford of the popular ?70s group, Daddy Cool, hams it up for the camera.
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A photo exhibition to rock your socks

By EMMA CORNFORD

BILLY Thorpe belts out a gig to remember at Salsbury while Denise Drysdale watches John Farnham get crowned King of Pop, Elton John running alongside.

Welcome to the world of Unreal Rock, a photography exhibition by David Porter, opening at the Grafton Regional Art Gallery on August 17.

Usually published under the name Jacques L'Affrique, Porter worked as a Melbournebased music photojournalist during the heady days of 1970s rock and roll.

The exhibition takes the viewer into the 'world of exploding performers, appreciative crowds, roadies, long hair, booze, pot, peace signs and huge sound equipment'.

Indeed, there are more big hairstyles and alcohol-induced rock moments in Unreal Rock than you can poke a Fender guitar at.

For some viewers it will doubtlessly bring back memories ? even if they are somewhat hazy ones.

Porter said he went back through around 3000 archived images to find the 250 pictures displayed in the exhibition.

"With my maroon Mini Moke and cameras, I charged along to the numerous Melbourne venues that had great bands ? T.F. Much Ballroom, the Regent and many pubs," he said.

"The Australian rock industry was exploding and the public knew it."

The exhibition had, until recently, been hidden away in Glenbrook but is now a Penrith Regional Gallery travelling exhibition which will be housed in Grafton from August 17-September 13.



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