Among the joys of writing interviews for Screenhub are the stories about how people started in the sector. Each experience is unique but there is often a common ‘Aha!’ moment in which people sense a huge connection with a creative form. They can often look back and see how it shaped them from an early age as that passion continues for their whole careers.
Bill Armstrong, a commanding figure in early pop music, set up Armstrong Audio Visual, a key post house. Born in 1929, he left school to an assembly line building amplifiers for Beaufort bombers, and hung out in Acland Street in a basement dive called The Galleon. He was taken under the wing of American servicemen who taught him about jazz and modern rhythms, and the rest was Australian recording history.