Category History of Roadrunner

Roadrunner issue #2 – May 1978

CONTENTS 3. Editorial/Letters. 5. Malicious Gossip. 6. Ian Meldrum. 10. Quasar. 11. Clean Cut. 12. Bob Dylan. 14. Chick Corea. 15. Ry Cooder. 16. Busking. 18. Rum Jungle. 19. Life News. 21. The Residents. 26. Single Reviews. 27. Album Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #3 – June 1978

CONTENTS 3. Editorial/Letters. 5. Malicious Gossip/Life News. 6. The Boys Next Door. 8. Powerpop. 9. Riff Raff. 11. Neon Heart. 12. Supernaut. 13. High Rise Bombers/Radio 5UV. 14. The Monkees/New Wave. 16. David Day. 18. Eureka Records. 19. The Sports. 21. The Sultan Bros. 22. Single Reviews. 23. Album Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #4 – July 1978

CONTENTS 3. Editorial/Letters. 4. Malicious Gossip. 5. Busking. 6. Billy Connolly. 9. Irving and the U-Bombs. 10. Hitline/ Community Radio. 11. El Topo. 12. Two Way Garden/Young Charlatans/Psychosurgeons. 13. Patti Smith. 14. Young Modern Magazine/Filth. 16. Tom Robinson Band. 17. Musician’s Union. 18. Margaret Roadknight. 19. Bob Marley. 20. Weather Report/Sex Pistols. 22. Single Reviews. 25. Album Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #5 – August 1978

CONTENTS 3. Editorial. 4. Malicious Gossip/Emmett Grogan. 5. Busking. 7. Cunning Stunt/The Warm Jets. 8. Weather Report. 9. John Martyn. 11. PMBA—Adelaide community radio. 12. Rock journalism. 14. Bob Dylan. 16. Sex Pistols. 18. Billy Connolly. 21. Single reviews. 22. Album reviews.

Roadrunner issue #6 – September 1978

CONTENTS 3. Editorial/Letters. 5. Malicious Gossip/Life News. 5. Record Shops Reviewed. 6. Status Quo/Graham Parker. 7. Don McLean. 8. Venues. 9. Johnny Cougar. 11. Russell Morris. 12. The Vibrants/Jim Keays. 14. Robert Stigwood/ Film Reviews. 16. Sidewinder/Pram Factory. 17. Kraftwerk. 18. Single reviews. 19. Album reviews. 23. Gig Guide.

Roadrunner issue #7 – October 1978

CONTENTS 2. Letters/ Malicious Gossip. 4. Independent Oz Singles. 6. Old Hat/ Middle Class. 7. A Night to Remember/ Jeff Wayne. 8. Chris Barber. 9. Stiletto. 10. Graham Parker. 12. Marc Bolan. 15. Album Reviews. 20. Single Reviews. 22. Gig Guide.

Roadrunner issue #8 – November 1978

CONTENTS 2. Letters. 3. Malicious Gossip/PMBA Adelaide/ 3RRR. 5. David Bowie. 6. The Accountants. 8. Sydney/ The U-Bombs. 9. Laurie Dunn, Virgin Records. 10. Sid Vicious. 12. The Pretty Things. 13. London Live. 14. Australian Encyclopedia of Rock. 15. Single Reviews/Album Reviews. 18. Gig Guide.

Roadrunner issue #9 – December 1978/January 1979

CONTENTS 2. Editorial. 3. Malicious Gossip. 5. Elvis Costello. 6. 5MMM-FM/Poetry. 7. David Bowie/Foreign Body/The Hitmen. 9. What’s Wrong With Rock’n’Roll in Adelaide/Barry McAskill. 11. Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs. 12. Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons. 14. Young Modern. 16. London. 17. Live Reviews—The Sports/ Two Way Garden. 18. Album Reviews. 22. Single Reviews. 23. Gig Guide.

The Big Beat: going, going … gone

The Big Beat is sold out. At various times during this exercise in self-publishing, people have stressed that producing a book is one thing, but marketing and selling it is another thing completely. For thanks in helping in its production, I included two pages in The Big Beat (pp 493-494) so I won’t repeat that here. But for help in sales and marketing, I want to particularly thank my long-time

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The Big Beat – the soundtrack

The soundtrack to the book of the magazine. One song from each issue of Roadrunner magazine, as featured in the book, The Big Beat: Rock music in Australia 1978-1983, through the pages of Roadrunner magazine (Roadrunnertwice, 2019).

The Big Beat—ask a librarian

The following Australian libraries have a copy of The Big Beat. Australian Capital Territory: National Library of Australia; National Film and Sound Archive; National Museum of Australia Research Library. New South Wales: State Library of NSW; Bankstown Library (Canterbury Bankstown Library Service); Bathurst Library; Chatswood Library; Mona Vale Library (Northern Beaches Library Service);  Southern Cross University Library (Lismore Campus); Macquarie University Library; University of Wollongong Library. Victoria: State Library of Victoria; Ballarat

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The Big Beat: When Sydney Rocked — 1978-1983

The third of the Q&A and book signings to celebrate the release of The Big Beat took place in the heart of the city at Title Barangaroo in Sydney on 21 November 2019. Over a hundred movers and groovers gathered to hear moderator Mark Dodshon skilfully guide the panel of Buzz Bidstrup (ex-Angels and GANGgajang), Peter Oxley (Sunnyboys, Shy Impostors and The Aints) and author Donald Robertson through their memories

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How Roadrunner recorded our noisy history

By Nathan Davies SA Weekend magazine, The Advertiser (Adelaide), 4 October 2019 To flick through the pages of The Big Beat – a bound collection of rock magazine Roadrunner – is to be transported to an Adelaide that no longer exists. An Adelaide of smoke-filled, sticky-floored band rooms still a decade or two from being transformed into soulless pokie dens. An Adelaide of photocopied band flyers sticky taped to Stobie

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Four dudes banging on about The Big Beat at Readings in St Kilda

There was a lot of love in the room for Roadrunner magazine and its anthology The Big Beat at Readings book store in St Kilda last night. A crowd of around fifty gathered to hear Pierre Sutcliffe (ex-Models) lead Phill Calvert (ex-Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party), John Dowler (Young Modern) and myself discuss the Australian post-punk scene and the role that Roadrunner played in it. Among the former contributors in

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The Big Beat—reviews and reactions

The reviews are coming in. And people seem to like the book. Print reviews ‘Roadrunner was the Chrysler of the Big 3 R rock magazines in Australia at the turn into the 1980s, trailing the GM and Ford of RAM and Rolling Stone, and like the Hemi-powered Plymouths and Dodges, it was wild and untamed, and it’s a blessing that there’s now a permanent record of it, all 500 pages of it and bound

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