Off the Record: 25 Years of Music Street Press (Google eBook)

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Sean Sennett, Simon Groth
Univ. of Queensland Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 388 pages
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The ultimate music fan’s bible packed with insight into the world of rock ’n’ roll.Off the Recordbrings together the best interviews and articles from Australia’s music street press, about bands on the cusp of greatness to megastars at the height of their powers—all imbued with a cool street-press indie sensibility. Many pieces come from Time Off, a magazine established in 1979 and the first free music/entertainment weekly in Australia. Far from regurgitating industry marketing copy, music street press has a fiercely independent and wry voice.Off the Recordreflects this, offering a unique insight into recent music history: Powderfinger return from their first-ever Sydney shows, Nick Cave name-checks his literary heroes, and Neil Finn worries that Crowded House's new album might be a little too dark, while elsewhere Kurt Cobain dives into Dave Grohl's drum kit (and sprains his wrist in the process). Australian bands, from the Saints to the Grates and the Hilltop Hoods, are featured, but the international focus is strong too, from the Rolling Stones and Sonic Youth to Oasis and the White Stripes. This is the must-have indie book about all things music.
  

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Contents

The Triffids Feted and nauseous
5
Painters Dockers Painters play their own brand of dock rock
14
Weddings Parties Anything The wedding of country and rock
20
Do Re Mi Avoiding the pitfalls of pinball and Twisties
27
Paul Kelly Bicentennial blues
35
The GoBetweens Waiting for the train that never comes
42
Jello Biafra Biafra versus the taste police
51
Malcolm McLaren Punk rock Warhol and good manners
58
Powderfinger Operation Powderfinger
139
Smashing Pumpkins Shining bright
153
Pearl Jam Vedder on Vitalogy and immortality
166
The Flaming Lips Beverly Hills 90210 might use jelly
179
Bjork Euergheerghurg
193
Beck The dark album
209
Silverchair No complaints from theChair
223
like your old stuff better than your new stuff
241

The Stone Roses Rebel without a vocabulary
64
The Celibate Rifles Real bullets shocker
71
The Cure Robert Smith and the cure for all ills
79
Chris Isaak Save some waves
86
ACDC If you can listen to it at breakfast its no fucking good
93
The Las Liverpool lads on the track of the Fab Four
101
Violent Femmes Fine Femmes return to form
108
The Cult On the wagon but still volatile
111
Keith Richards A bit of Peter Pan a bit of Captain Hook
126
Custard Check the bottom line
257
Spiderbait Eclecticism crash
271
Queens of the Stone Age Solid gold hell
286
Kiss Tales of the bizarre
300
Paul Weller All hail the Modfather
314
Jet Fasten your seatbelts
328
Arctic Monkeys The first pinups of the iPod era
343
The Saints Halo again
357
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