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IS A STATE FUNERAL JUSTIFIED?  

Published on 10th May 2011 08:39 AM  Number of Views: 909 

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        
 
GROUND BREAKER – NEWSMAKER 

INSPIRATION

When I heard that Lionel had died I thought, “A life lived, his way, because he could.”

Not many Koori men have that opportunity.

Enough has been said by Gubbas I reckon. I found this in my singles collection, I must have bought it when it came out at Lee’s Sound Lounge in Mentone Shopping Centre…mint!

I had a bit to do with the Aboriginal Nations when I was managing No Fixed Address, and I know Uncle Lionel was an inspiration to those fighters and groundbreakers also, a couple of the band members were Gippsland bred.

You were our Ali, not because you were a black pugilist, but you continued to advocate for your people till the end…respect brother!

I met Lionel in the TAGG days, he was hanging at BeByBac, a coffee shop in St Kilda Road (High Street at the time) in St Kilda owned by Les McDonald. I sold them an ad in the magazine…

Is a State Funeral justified for Lionel Rose?

I would think they wouldn’t draw breath before rubber-stamping a State funeral for latter-day sports heroes, or even contemporaries like Goolagong. A hard man in a hard sport, PC nannas would be squirming, but we are, and he epitomised the Australian male warrior psyche.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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