In October 2019, I published an anthology of articles from Roadrunner. ‘The Big Beat: Rock music in Australia 1978-1983, through the pages of Roadrunner magazine’ is a 544 page, A4 size (210x297mm), hardback book with colour throughout.
In the book, a year-by-year history introduces a selection of over four hundred fully indexed pages from the original magazine. Featured artists include: The Angels, Australian Crawl, Boys Next Door (and the Birthday Party), The Church, Cold Chisel, The Dagoes, Flowers (and Icehouse), The Go-Betweens, The High Rise Bombers, The Hitmen, Hunters and Collectors, INXS, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Paul Kelly and the Dots, Laughing Clowns, Manikins, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, Mi-Sex, Models, Mondo Rock, The Moodists, New Race, No Fixed Address, The Numbers, Pel Mel, The Radiators, Radio Birdman, Redgum, The Riptides, The Saints, Sardine v, The Scientists, Skyhooks, Split Enz, The Sports, Stiletto, Sunnyboys, The Swingers, Tactics, The Thought Criminals, The Triffids, Two Way Garden, The U-Bombs, Voigt/465, Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs, Whirlywirld, XL Capris and Young Modern.
ADELAIDE: Big Star CD’s and Records, Norwood; Clarity Records, Pultney St, Adelaide; Dillons Norwood Bookshop, Norwood; Dymocks Adelaide, Rundle Mall, Adelaide; Dymocks Glenelg, Jetty Rd, Glenelg; Imprints Booksellers, Hindley St, Adelaide; Mr V Music, Semaphore; Streetlight Adelaide, Vaughan Place, Adelaide; Urban Cow Studio, Vaughan Place, Adelaide.
(Pictured above in Adelaide L-R: Jeff at Big Star, Matt at Clarity, Jason at Imprints and Col at Streetlight).
CANBERRA: Songland Records, Weston.
MELBOURNE: Avenue Bookstore, Albert Park; Greville Records, Prahran; Readings, Carlton; Readings, St Kilda; Rocksteady Records, Lonsdale St, Melbourne; The Sun Bookshop, Yarraville; Vicious Sloth Collectables, Malvern.
PERTH: Diabolik Books & Records, Mt Hawthorn.
STUTTGART, GERMANY: Incognito Records, Gutenbergstr.
(Pictured above in Sydney L-R: Matt at Red Eye, Ray at Utopia, Donald at Title Barangaroo and John at Gleebooks.)
SYDNEY: Abbey’s Bookshop, Sydney; Adlib Music, Willoughby; Ariel Booksellers, Darlinghurst; Berkelouw’s Paddington Bookshop, Paddington; Better Read Than Dead, Newtown; Bookoccino, Avalon; Egg Records, Newtown; Gleebooks, Dulwich Hill; Gleebooks, Glebe; The Library Shop, State Library of NSW, Sydney; Red Eye Records, Sydney; Repressed Records, Newtown; Title Barangaroo, Sydney; Title Store, Surry Hills; Utopia Records, Sydney.
TOKYO, JAPAN: Nat Records, Nishi-Shinjuku
And just to get you in the mood to head out and buy a book, here’s a Spotify playlist – one track for each of the 48 issues.