Tony’s festive freak out

Author Tony Wellington addresses the Freak Out launch crowd. Photos courtesy Alan Lander.

Former mayor and prolific creative soul Tony Wellington drew a full house to the Noosa Surf Museum for an entertaining evening of music and chat last week at the launch of Freak Out, his excellent history of the ‘60s music-led revolution.

Songster Katie Noonan was scheduled to make a cameo for a few trills but called in sick. Never mind, Tony, a budding rock star in his teens, and still very competent on the double bass, proved a more than adequate substitute, playing the opening notes of famous songs of the swinging ‘60s, in a parlour game that soon had ageing groovers dancing in the aisles.

The splendid evening was courtesy of Annie’s Books On Peregian, Monash University Publishing and host Noosa Surf Museum.