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‘We Have Survived’—Roadrunner 1980

  To view and download issues, click on thumbnails below Roadrunner’s ‘End of the ’70s’ double issue in December 1979 made a few people sit up and take notice. One of them was Paul Gardiner, publisher of Rolling Stone. Gardiner used to play the occasional game of squash with Stuart Coupe in Sydney and asked him if I might be willing to sell the magazine. He had just started a

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Epitaph for a working class hero

It was mid afternoon on Tuesday 9 December 1980 when the news hit. John Lennon’s been shot. And killed. We were working on the December 1980—January 1981 edition of Roadrunner: Geoffrey Gifford, Richard Turner, Kate Monger and myself. In Geoffrey’s studio up the east end of Rundle Street in Adelaide. We stopped what we were doing of course. And just talked. And after a couple of hours I went home and wrote

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Roadrunner issue #31 – December 1980-January 1981

CONTENTS 2. Malicious Gossip/Letters. 3. Charts. 5. John Lennon. 6. Melbourne/ Sydney. 7. Adelaide / Perth. 9. The Birthday Party/ The Units. 11. Dexy’s Midnight Runners. 13. Talking Heads. 14. UB40. 19. Readers’ Poll Form. 21. Matt Finish/ The Bad Poets. 23. Live Reviews—The Birthday Party/ Laughing Clowns/ The Go-Betweens. 24. Live Reviews—International Exiles/ Blue Scooters/ Z-Cars/ The Scientists. 25. Album Reviews. 30. Single Reviews. 31. Critics’ Choice.

Roadrunner issue #30 – November 1980

CONTENTS 2. Malicious Gossip/Letters. 3. Charts. 4. The Numbers. 5. The Elks. 7. The Feelies. 9. The Riptides. 11. The Saints. 12. Models. 15. Goodbye Australia. 17. Readers Poll Form. 19. Album Reviews. 22. Single Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #29 – October 1980

CONTENTS 2. Election Editorial. 3. National Charts. 5. The Romantics. 6. Adelaide Bands. 8. James Freud/ Teeny Weenies. 9. Grace Jones. 10. Redgum. 12. Outline. 13. Live Reviews—3RRR Benefit Concert. 14. Live Reviews—Models/ The Victims/ Wrecked Jets. 15. Album Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #28 – September 1980

CONTENTS 2. Malicious Gossip/ Letters. 3. National Charts. 5. Australian Crawl. 7. The Reels. 9. Tactics/ Film Review. 11. John Cooper Clarke. 12. Flowers. 14. Jimi Hendrix. 17. Live Reviews—XTC/ Magazine/ Flowers/ Nuvo Bloc. 19. Album Reviews. 21. Live Reviews—Dee Minor and the Dischords/ Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons/ The Riptides. 22. Single Reviews.

No Fixed Address: young, black and proud

At the time of this Roadrunner cover story from August 1980, I thought No Fixed Address was the most important new band in the country. A bunch of young Aboriginal musicians at the South Australian Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music, bouncing around Adelaide from gig to gig, they were about to start filming a movie, Wrong Side of the Road, loosely based on their lives and experiences and songs from

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Roadrunner issue #27 – August 1980

CONTENTS 2. Malicious Gossip. 3. National Charts. 5. Magazine. 7. Laughing Clowns. 9. XTC. 10. The Dugites. 12. No Fixed Address. 15. Heavy Metal (Fiction)/ UK Music Press. 17. Album Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #26 – July 1980

CONTENTS 2. Malicious Gossip/Letters. 3. National Charts. 5. The Angels. 7. Wreckless Eric. 9. The Hitmen. 11. The Skids. 12. The Bodgies/ INXS/ Marching Girls. 13. International Exiles. 15. The Bushwackers. 16. Cold Chisel. 19. London. 20. Glenn A. Baker. 21. Film Reviews. 23. Live Reviews—Glory Boys (aka Talk Show)/ Serious Young Insects/ Jetsonnes/ Boomtown Rats/ The Numbers. 27. Album Reviews. 30. Single Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #25 – June 1980

CONTENTS 2. Malicious Gossip. 3. National Charts. 5. The Jam. 7. Mi-Sex. 8. Skyhooks. 9. Flowers/ Jimmy and the Boys. 11. Little River Band. 13. Boomtown Rats. 15. David Johansen. 16. Jimmy Page, Magic and the Black Arts. 18. Paul Russell, CBS Records. 19. The Birthday Party. 21. Brisbane/ Perth. 23. Live Reviews—Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons/ The Radiators/ The Saints. 25. Film Reviews. 27. Album Reviews. 30. Single

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Roadrunner issue #24 – May 1980

CONTENTS 2. National Charts. 3. Malicious Gossip. 5. Dr Who. 7. The Aliens/ The Radiators. 9. M (Robin Scott). 10. The Word. 11. Lonely Hearts. 12. Split Enz. 14. Charlie Daniels/ London/ The Stranglers. 15. Rock Criticism. 17. Live Reviews—Sekret Sekret/ The Singles/ The Thought Criminals. 19. Album Reviews. 21. Live Reviews—Martha and the Muffins/ The Only Ones/ Simple Minds. 22. Single Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #23 – April 1980

CONTENTS 2. National Charts. 3. Editorial/ Malicious Gossip. 5. Mental As Anything. 6. The L.A. Pop Explosion. 7. Mods as Rockers. 9. Redgum. 11. No Fixed Address. 12. John Lydon. 15. Live Reviews—Split Enz/ The Aliens/ Blue Oyster Cult/ David Bromberg Trio. 16. Live Review—Mental As Anything/ London. 19. Album Reviews. 22. Single Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #22 – 22 February 1980

CONTENTS 2. National Charts. 3. Editorial/ Malicious Gossip. 5. . 7. Roadrunner Second Birthday Concert. 8. The Clash (Part 2) . 11. The Kinks/ London. 12. Sweetwater Festival (New Zealand). 14. Dave Warner. 15. JMM/ Book Reviews. 17. Live Reviews—The Damned/ Cold Chisel/ XL Capris. 19. Album Reviews. 22. Single Reviews.

Roadrunner issue #21 – 8 February 1980

CONTENTS 2. National Charts. 3. Editorial/ Malicious Gossip. 5. The Sports. 7. Eric Gradman’s Man and Machine. 8. White Riot/ Young Docteurs. 9. The Numbers. 12. The Clash. 14. UK Squeeze. 15. Album Reviews. 17. Live Reviews—The Dugites/ The Sharks. 20. Album Reviews. 22. Single Reviews.

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