330 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Polyester Books was founded in 1985. The original owner, Paul Elliott was active in Melbourne's punk scene, managed bands promoted live concerts and was a part owner of Dizzy Spinners, a record shop. When he took the business over, he ran Polyester Records where the book shop is now, a few years later he moved PolyEster Records up the street and started PolyEster books.
The idea was to sell "obscure, unusual, subversive literature," he says. He specialised in "psychedelic culture, anarchy and erotica".
When Brunswick Street was an alternative mecca into the early '90s, the shop was buzzing. The motto on the awning says "Totally Weird Shit!'' Elliott named his shop after cult film director John Waters' film Polyester, and Waters came in one day too!
Current owner, Adam Emslie has be true to Polyester's radical status, stocking reams of comics and fanzines, self-published books and underground culture finds. Sadly Polyester is now closing it's doors for good! Be sure to head in and check out one of the most iconic stores on the strip.
Polyester Books Final Hurrah:
Come down to the PolyEster pop-up shop and check out the freaky books, out-of-print records and funky zines before the store closes for good on May 14. 3CR music coordinator & DJ Dr. Gonzo will spinning tracks all day. There'll also a selection of rare photos and press clippings from 80's Brunswick Street on display.