In October 2019, I published The Big Beat: Rock music in Australia 1978-1983, through the pages of Roadrunner magazine. The hardcover book is a 544 page anthology of articles from the magazine, together with a year-by-year history and full index.
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 is available in store and online from the following retailers:
ADELAIDE: All sold out.
BRISBANE: All sold out.
MELBOURNE (3 copies): Rocksteady Records, Lonsdale St, Melbourne (3).
ONLINE: The book is also available online through Harry Butler’s ozmusicbooks.
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.