I have just 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.
The book (RRP $99) is available from the following retailers:
(Pictured above in Adelaide L-R: Jeff at Big Star, Matt at Clarity, Jason at Imprints and Col at Streetlight).
ADELAIDE: Big Star CD’s and Records, Norwood; Booked at North Adelaide, North Adelaide; Clarity Records, Pultney St, Adelaide; Dillons Books, Norwood; Dymocks Adelaide, Rundle Mall, Adelaide; Dymocks Glenelg, Jetty Rd, Glenelg (stock on its way); Imprints Booksellers, Hindley St, Adelaide; Matilda Bookshop, Stirling; Mr V Music, Semaphore; Streetlight Adelaide, Vaughan Place, Adelaide; Urban Cow Studio, Vaughan Place, Adelaide.
MELBOURNE: Greville Records, Prahran; Readings, Carlton; Readings, St Kilda; Vicious Sloth Collectables, Malvern.
PERTH: Diabolik Books & Records, Mt Hawthorn (stock on its way).
SYDNEY: Abbey’s Bookshop, Sydney; Adlib Music, Willoughby; Ariel Booksellers, Darlinghurst; Berkelouw’s Paddington Bookshop, Paddington; Better Read Than Dead, Newtown; Egg Records, Newtown; Gleebooks, Glebe; The Library Shop, State Library of NSW, Sydney; Red Eye Records, Sydney; Repressed Records, Newtown; RPM – Records Posters & Memorabilia, Marrickville; Title Barangaroo, Sydney; Title Store, Surry Hills; Utopia Records, Sydney.
(Pictured below in Sydney L-R: Matt at Red Eye, Ray at Utopia, Donald at Title Barangaroo and John at Gleebooks.)
If your local bookshop or record store would like to order copies, ask them to get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
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I am having a book signing event at Readings St Kilda on Friday 25 October. Special guests will be Phill Calvert, ex-Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party (pictured left) and John Dowler (Young Modern). Moderator will be Pierre Sutcliffe, ex-Models.
On Wednesday 16 October, the Adelaide launch was held at The Howling Owl. It featured a panel of John Schumann, Dr Collette Snowden and myself, with moderator Suzy Ramone.
Online sales are through Murray Bennett’s Product 45 shop.