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Rowland S Howard Rockin' The Laneways In St Kilda

03 June 2015

The late, great Rowland S Howard – one of Australia’s most iconic music talents – has been honoured with his own Melbourne landmark: the Rowland S Howard Lane in St Kilda.

Howard was an Australian rock musician, guitarist and songwriter best known for his work with the post-punk group The Birthday Party and collaborations with Nick Cave.

He was a member of bands including These Immortal Souls and Crime and the City Solution, and collaborated with Magic Dirt and international icons such as Lydia Lunch and Henry Rollins.

The new street sign was officially unveiled today by the Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley, who had helped campaign for the name change, along with family and friends of Howard.

The renaming, officially gazetted by Planning Minister Richard Wynne, enjoys wide public support and will add to the rich social and historic fabric of the area.

Rowland S Howard Lane joins ACDC Lane, Paul Hester Walk and Amphlett Lane in commemorating Victorian musicians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley

“What a great way for the community to recognise and celebrate one of our most influential musician – someone whose legacy is both internationally recognised and a significant part of St Kilda’s live music story.”

“This has been something the local community wanted and I’m proud the Government has listened.”

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