This archive is a documentation of the dreams of a teenage girl from a broken home, living with her mother in a one bedroom, high-rise, Housing Commission flat in Redfern. Deb Doyle created a series of original graphic illustrations that are evidence of her cultural interests, her passions and her devotion to pop idols in the late 1960s. These hand-painted, poster-style images were inspired by pop groups, singers or songs, and designed in the bold colours and swirling shapes typical of the psychedelic style. It is rare to find such a rich record of a young fan's response to pop music. As Debbie Baer, she attended Sydney Girls High School, where she studied art and enjoyed English. In this archive we trace her subsequent development as a graphic illustrator and music journalist, showing how her teenage interests blossomed into a productive career. It includes articles and illustrations about music performances and other student events created by Deb in her role at the University of Sydney between 1977 and 1982 as Assistant to the Union Activities Officer. In addition the handbills and other works she created as a freelance illustrator in the late 1970s and early 1980s are a graphic record of the flourishing Sydney pub-rock scene at that time, containing valuable information about the variety of bands playing at venues around Sydney and the nature of pub-rock youth culture during the 'new wave' period. Other graphics in this archive have relevance to a variety of subjects and contexts.
It is interesting to note that Deb Doyle formed her own pop-rock band the Proteens, which played consistently in 1980 and 1981. She pursued music journalism, writing for the rock magazines 'Roadrunner' and 'RAM'. She now works in book editing and editorial-training services.