The mid to late sixties was rich with pattern, kaleidoscopic, powered by a
driving soundtrack of songs by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and others. I was
born into a musical family, and in my own small way added to the cacophony,
singing in bands, releasing a single that played on Australian radios. In the
Summer of Love I was a flower child in bud – just a little too young to head
off to India or San Francisco.
This photograph appeared on the back page of
I have no idea how
the release of a pop song came to be considered newsworthy, but it was great
Tie Dye Days
There was a lot of tie dye about in the sixties, most of if muddy-looking, but
my mother was a talented designer and devised a method of producing vivid,
permanent colours. The whole family pitched in to help produce hundreds of
yards of fabric. I did everything from tying rubber bands to modelling finished
Early in the sixties, my father briefly founded his own record label, GAS, and
a couple of early recordings featured backing singers with a distinctive sound.
The Seekers signed a single for me before they departed for the UK, where the
rest, as they say, became history.
In about 1969 the photographer Ian Carter asked me to model for a series of
early morning photographs. Shot in a Sydney park, I always seemed to be holding
flowers. Some of these shots appeared in Australian Photographic a few years
later under the title
The Artist And The Woman.