The loud, aggressive environment of big suburban pubs shaped a tough rock and roll, where the aim was to play loud and fast, and get off stage alive.
In the inner suburbs of our big cities, tiny venues were more like musical laboratories, where musicians from around Australia converged to experiment and create new sounds.
In the early 1990s the live music scene fractured, as dance music and festivals took punters from the pubs. But these days, playing live is as important as ever.
Part three of Wide Open Road looks at how Australian music was formed through a pub culture that allowed many musicians to hone their craft to live audiences.
We'll hear tales of some of Australia's classic band venues, some long forgotten, some still going strong, and the music that was made there.
Featured artists in this program are The Presets, Radio Birdman, Midnight Oil, Hunters and Collectors, The Laughing Clowns, The Scientists, Silverchair, The Grates.