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From Kylie, Jason and Rick Astley to Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Paul McCartney, NFSA Sound Curator Karen Hewitt worked on countless classic records. As an audio engineer apprentice at Sydney’s Alberts Studio – at the time a first for women in the music industry – she worked with acts like Air Supply, The Reels, Goanna and Men at Work. In London, Karen worked as tape operator for Manfred Mann’s The Workhouse and producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. She spent a decade mixing albums for a who’s who of pop.
In discussion, Karen shares behind-the-scenes stories about 10 global hits she helped create, as well as the changes in social culture, audio technology and her own life over this time.
Image: Karen Hewitt (front left) with Paul McCartney (behind).