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A detailed account of Australia's subcultures, from 1860s through to present-day.

From Marcus Clarke and Henry Lawson to the Angry Penguins of the 50s and the Ern Malley affair; Joy Hester, Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan � and the bohemian idyll of the Lindsays; Germaine Greer, Richard Neville, Robert Hughes, Jenny Kee, Barry Humphries; to the post-punk music scene with Nick Cave, Mental As Anything, The Triffids and many more.

In the nineteenth century, the word bohemians initially conjured the primitive, exotic and mysterious power of gypsies, but in a few short years would be used to describe any nomadic or vagabond character � with strong overtones of poverty and even criminality.

In Australia, bohemians have been associated with subcultures, and movements across most creative arts and media for more than 150 years. Our cities spawned networks of poets, painters, novelists, journalists, philosophers, actors, filmmakers, comedians and hackers as famous for their controversial, eccentric lifestyles as for the work they produced.

Dancing with Empty Pockets is an exploration, and a celebration, of Australia�s most creative figures � our bohemians, from Marcus Clarke through to the twenty-first century � and it is a must-read for everyone interested in our counter culture.

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