Epigraph: from Australian Music Maker and Dance Band News, 1 September, 1938, p.4 'Trocadero Girls' Band Makes Debut'
Epigraph: 'You have no suburb, like those easier dead
In private berths of dissolution laid -
The tide goes over, the waves ride over you,
And let their shadows down like shining hair...'
Kenneth Slessor: Five Bells, (1939)
Epigraph: 'It warms the very sickness in my heart that I shall live and tell him to his teeth,"Thus did'st thou".' William Shakespeare: Hamlet, (1601)
Author's note: Acknowledgements An earlier version of this story's first part has been broadcast by the ABC as a radio play, under the title Sally Rivers' All Girl Band.
Author's note: The context, but not the events, of this work derives from the experiences of Australian female dance musicians in the 1930s, as detailed most recently in Sweethearts of Rhythm by Kay Dreyfus (Currency Press, 1999). Any reference to actual people, living or dead, is unintentional.