• Johnny O'Keefe on the set of Sing Sing Sing, 1962. Courtesy 7 Network Australia. NFSA Title: 1008790

Johnny O’Keefe: a little bit louder now

Johnny O’Keefe is an icon of Australian rock’n’roll. He led the first wave of Australian rock music in the late 1950s and early 1960s with hits like ‘Shout’ and ‘Wild One’ and would have turned 81 on 19 January 2016.

The O’Keefe family donates over 700 items of JOK memorabilia and recordings to the NFSA, from the start of his career in 1952 to his untimely death in 1978. We publish a selection of the material in an online exhibition, Johnny O’Keefe: A Little Bit Louder Now.

See also our Johnny O’Keefe curated collection.