Off the Record: 25 Years of Music Street Press

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Sean Sennett, Simon Groth
University of Queensland Press, 2011 - History - 370 pages
The ultimate music fan's bible packed with insight into the world of rock 'n' rollOff 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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The free weekly street press is a bible of sorts for music lovers around Australia. While the quality of writing and editing in these papers is sometimes frustratingly bad, the street press informs ... Read full review

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