Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (Pt 3)

Posted by Several Sins on 2011-07-07

The Rowland S. Howard documentary Autoluminescent will be premiering Saturday, 30 July, screening at 6:30pm at ACMI 2! Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 8. More info here.

Rowland S. Howard Anthology

Posted by Several Sins on 2011-06-17

Genevieve McGuckin is gathering audio, video footage, pictures and fan opinions for a Rowland S. Howard anthology currently in the works! You can contribute via her Facebook.

And don't forget Richard Lowenstein's documentary, which is still set to be released at the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival, as 1 of 5 films being co-financed by the MIFF Premiere Fund this year. Some info about the film appeared in a May MIFF newsletter forwarded to us by Sam Difference:


    Directed by Richard Lowenstein (2001's HE DIED WITH A FALAFEL IN HIS HAND and 2009's WE'RE LIVIN' ON DOGFOOD) and Lynn-Maree Milburn, AUTOLUMINESCENT is an intimate portrait of the turbulent life of influential rock guitarist and songwriter Rowland S. Howard. Howard first came to notice in the Melbourne rock scene in the 1970s before finding international acclaim in the 1980s with the Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party. He died awaiting a liver transplant after recording 2009's "Pop Crimes," his first and most successful solo album in more than a decade.

    Featuring fascinating archival footage and new interviews with Wim Wenders, Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch and many others. AUTOLUMINESCENT joins FALLING FOR SAHARA, BEN LEE: CATCH MY DISEASE, THE TRIANGLE WARS and SWERVE as one of five MIFF Premiere Fund co-financed films that will have their world premieres at MIFF 2011.

I Knew Buffalo Bill

Posted by Several Sins on 2011-04-09

Munster Records has now re-released I Knew Buffalo Bill, a collaboration between Jeremy Gluck, Nikki Sudden and Rowland S. Howard, as a double LP. The new edition contains all but one track from the original album, b-sides, demos and live material. More information can be found here, and also here.

Thanks to Antonio for the news!

Rowland With A W

Posted by Several Sins on 2011-03-25

Here is a personal piece about seeing The Birthday Party for the first time, written and submitted to us by Victoria Jaschob in tribute to Rowland.

    Paris can be unbearably hot and sticky in the summertime, and 1982 was no exception. I was nineteen and living in a big apartment on the Left Bank, supposedly studying film at the Sorbonne. During the day I worked in my flatmate's reggae music store, and at night I ran the lights for my other flatmate's tiny theater. In between, I smoked Silk Cut cigarettes, drank "33" beer, and listened to music: reggae, punk, and Edith Piaf. The thing I wasn't doing, my actual reason for being in Paris, was going to film school. But I didn't care. In those days, all I really cared about was music, drinking, and boys.


October Boy

Posted by DK on 2011-03-06

Mick Harvey's new album Sketches From The Book Of The Dead features a song dedicated to Rowland - "October Boy". In Mick's words: "'October Boy' tells of a friend born a little pointed ... with a witty tongue who wrenched and tortured his guitar."

You can download it here. And video of a live performance is available here.

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07.06.2013 - As of today, the web site has been renewed for another full year! Thank you, everyone, for your support! I have also updated the downloads section with two new videos from the Shotgun Wedding Tour '91, which were sent to us by the lovely Laura.

13.11.2012 - Finally updated the tribute page with more links and pictures.

14.09.2012 - Updated the gallery with photos by Wendy Joy Morrissey and Carbie, with permission, as well as a few others that went missing when the site moved. More to be added, thanks for your patience. If you have any photos to submit, or want any removed, please contact us.

11.08.2011 - 41 images removed at the request of Bleddyn Butcher, including but not limited to:

More pictures still to be added to the galleries shortly.

03.08.2011 - The discography has been updated with info for the Golden Age of Bloodshed 7" and White Boy EP. All downloads have been brought on-site, some in lossless formats. Broken links have been repaired. Expect more images and articles to be added after a 1-week hiatus.

07.07.2011 - For anyone having difficulty with The Birthday Party in Cologne, Germany, archived footage, it is available to download in full here. Sorry for the trouble!

05.06.2011 - Added a video of These Immortal Souls performing at The Esplanade Hotel in 1995 to the videos section.

05.12.2010 - Added a video from late 90s/early 00s and a video from 2007 to the videos section.

04.10.2010 - Added Crime & The City Solution's Rose Blue video to videos section.

00.06.2010 - Added the The King of Kalifornia video to downloads/videos section.

22.04.2010 - Various pages in the images and videos sections updated.

19.04.2010 - Added 4 tabs to the downloads/tabs section, transcribed by Bethany.

28.01.2010 - Updated downloads/audio with a 1992 These Immortal Souls show from Kakophonia. Also updated downloads/videos with three videos from January 2nd tribute on ABC's Rage, uploaded by footyshorts.

22.01.2010 - Some footage of Rowland's service at the Sacred Heart Mission has been uploaded on the Ghost Pictures YouTube account. For personal reasons, this site will not be displaying or linking them, though you are free to search and view yourselves.

22.01.2010 - Updated the tributes page to include a link to Trevor Block's tribute on Mess+Noise.

21.01.2010 - Updated the tributes page.

11.01.2010 - New page created for record of tributes. And footage of RSH at Fuji Rock Festival 09 added to videos section.

07.01.2010 - Texts/press section updated.

04.01.2010 - By request, a guestbook feature has been added, for anyone who would like to say a few words.

04.01.2010 - Added an article from 2005 by Conrad Standish, updated the downloads/audio lists with 2 more bootlegs from Kakophonia, and edited lyrics from the Pop Crimes album to reflect the way they are sung rather than written in the CD booklet.

03.01.2010 - Added Ballroom Mayhem article to texts/press section.

02.01.2010 - Updated downloads/audio list with 5 6 new solo bootlegs, posted at Kakophonia.

01.01.2010 - Added October's interview with Inpress to text/press section.


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