UPDATE: 30 May 2020. Fewer than forty copies left in stores.
In October 2019, I published an anthology of articles from Roadrunner magazine. 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 is available in store and online from the following retailers:
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.
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.
SYDNEY: Abbey’s Bookshop, Sydney; Adlib Music, Willoughby; Ariel Booksellers, Darlinghurst; Berkelouw’s Paddington Bookshop, Paddington; Bookoccino, Avalon; Egg Records, Newtown; Gleebooks, Glebe; Red Eye Records, Sydney; Title, Surry Hills; Utopia Records, Sydney.
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.