Author: Stuart Coupe
Publisher: Hachette Australia
The real story of the man behind the bands - and a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock music. Known to many as GODinski, Michael Gudinski is unquestionably the most powerful and influential figure in the Australian rock'n'roll music business - and has been for the last four decades. Often referred to as 'the father of the Australian music industry', he has nurtured the careers of many artists - Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Skyhooks, Split Enz, Yothu Yindi, to name just a few. But his reach isn't limited to Australian artists. With his Frontier Touring Company, Gudinski has toured The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Sting ... pretty much a who's who of the arena level international music scene. A self-made multi-millionaire, Gudinski is the Australian equivalent of Richard Branson or David Geffen, but who is this tough, inspired, flamboyant and impassioned businessman who has shaped Australian popular culture? Where did he come from, and how has he stayed relevant for so long in an industry notorious for its fickleness? Rock journalist Stuart Coupe delves into Gudinski's life to find the answers - and in doing so gives us a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock.
Author: Stuart Coupe
Publisher: Hachette UK
'To me, you're not a promoter until you've lost a lot of money over a very short period of time. I've lost up to half a million dollars a day - and done it three days in a row' - Michael Coppel Most of us have been to see a major concert, but very few of us know what goes on behind the scenes. It's an astonishing, often frightening, sometimes exhilerating world of phenomenal risk-taking by a unique group of people. Amongst them are names like Michael Gudinski, Michael Coppel, Michael Chugg, Paul Dainty and Kevin Jacobsen. Amongst their clients are names such as U2, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones - and many more. They bring out the big names - and introduce us to the unknowns. They cope with the demands and tantrums of the stars, the nuts and bolts of putting on a big concert, and always gambling that they know a year in advance just what is going to make us, the audience, happy.
Author: Stuart Coupe
Publisher: Hachette Australia
This is your backstage pass to the hidden side of the music industry - the tantrums, the fights, the tensions, the indulgence, the sex, the alcohol, the drugs. The roadies see it all, and now they are sharing their secrets. Roadies are the unsung heroes of the Australian music industry. They unload the PAs and equipment, they set it all up, they make sure everything is running smoothly before, during and after the gigs. Then they pack everything up in the middle of the night, put it in the back of the truck and hit the road to another town - to do it all over again. They know everything about the pre- and post-show excesses. They bear witness to overdoses, the groupies, the obsessive fans. They are part of - and often organise - all the craziness that goes on behind the scenes of the concerts and pub gigs you go to. From The Rolling Stones to AC/DC, Bob Marley to Courtney Love, Sherbet to The Ted Mulry Gang, INXS to Blondie - these guys have seen it all. And now they're stepping onto the stage and talking. The Roadies' Creed: If it's wet, drink it. If it's dry, smoke it. If it moves, **** it. If it doesn't move, throw it in the back of the truck. 'Fabulous . . . a bold portrait' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on Stuart Coupe's GUDINSKI
The Big Big Big Book of Tashi
Author: Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg, Kim Gamble
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
The first seven Tashi books all together in one big, fat volume. Fourteen fabulous Tashi stories!;
Michael Chugg was only fifteen years old when he began managing and promoting music in his hometown of Launceston, Tasmania. That was in 1962. Fast forward to the present, and "Chuggi", as he is affectionately known, has been a pioneer in bringing the newest, biggest and baddest musical acts to Australia. These include The Police, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr., Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M., Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Pearl Jam, and many more. Chuggi has developed a reputation as a hard-arse, often walking on stage to shout down the crowd or pull the talent into line. He also never minces words – writing in shocking detail about what goes on behind closed doors when big international acts come to town. This honest, open and blunt expose of the underbelly of Australian music events is both hilarious and fascinating.
The author of the critically acclaimed Elvis Presley biography Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records. The music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison. This enhanced edition includes: Exclusive video clips featuring the author's interviews with Sam Phillips, his family, and his Sun Studios collaborators Jack Clement, Roland James, and J.M. Van Eaton. Rare audio interviews with Sam Phillips, spanning 1979 to 1990, as well as audio interviews with Carl Perkins, Billy Sherrill, and Phillips's former assistant Marion Keister.
Rock 'n Roll Australia
Author: Bob Rogers, Robert Barton Rogers, Denis O'Brien
Rock music arrived in Australia in 1955 with Bill Haley and the Comets immortal tune 'Rock Around the Clock' and the impact was enormous. Our teenagers loved it almost as much as their parents hated it. Somehow, most parents believed that this raucus sound would bring about the destruction of their children's moral fibres. This titles gives us the inside story on the great overseas acts that visited Australia in the heyday of rock 'n' roll - from Bill Haley and the Comets to the Beatles, as well as providing great insights on our home-grown talent.
Life In His Hands
Author: Susan Wyndham
Publisher: Picador Australia
A true story of a neurosurgeon and a pianist In 2001 the brilliant young concert pianist Aaron McMillan was diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumour and given six weeks to live. He was just 24 years old. He underwent 12 hours of emergency surgery; days later he was back at the piano, preparing to perform. Years later, he was still performing. His doctor was Charlie Teo, one of Australia's most celebrated and controversial neurosurgeons. Charlie's specialty is inoperable brain tumours and his radical techniques have earned him praise around the world. But in his own country he is regarded by some as reckless and even dangerous. Aaron McMillan presented Charlie with his most challenging case yet. In return, Charlie Teo gave Aaron hope. Life In His Hands is the remarkable true story of a medical maverick and an artist who refused to be daunted by death. It is a book full of heartache and joy and scientific marvels, written by a journalist who found that with some stories, staying on the sidelines is the hardest thing to do.
Author: Kooshyar Karimi
This is a gripping, previously untold story, which throws a chill light on the secrets and lies that flourish in the fertile soil of dehumanising beliefs and practices - in this case in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is a memoir by Sydney-based doctor and writer/translator, Kooshyar Karimi, who in 2000 managed to flee, with his family, escaping certain torture and death which stalked him on a daily basis in his native Iran. Karimi's sin was his Jewishness and the fact that he helped desperate girls and women, who had been raped, terminate the resulting pregnancies.
Inner City Sound
Author: Clinton Walker
Publisher: Verse Chorus Press
The bands that spearheaded the late 1970s punk scene in Australia--the Saints, Birthday Party, Radio Birdman, and the Go-Betweens--are among the most important of their time. Inner City Sound is the classic account of the explosive development of that scene. Original articles from fanzines and newspapers, together with almost 300 photographs, vividly portray the creative ferment of the period and the dozens of bands that sprang up in the wake of the pioneers. First published in late 1981, Inner City Sound soon fell out of print. It became a lost classic, so sought after that it has been bootlegged like the rare singles listed in its discography. This new edition contains 32 extra pages of articles, photos, and discographic data, which take the story through to 1985, when Nick Cave, the Go-Betweens, the Triffids, and others began to break through internationally.
Songwriter's Market 2017
Author: Cris Freese, Andrea Williams
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
"Where & how to market your songs"--Cover.
The New Music Industries
Author: Diane Hughes, Mark Evans, Guy Morrow, Sarah Keith
This research-based book outlines career models for artists, methods of creative engagement, artistic options including individuality and branding, production practices, the realities of being a musician in the new industries, and implications for popular music education. Due to the profound effects of the digitisation of music, the music industries have undergone rapid transformation. The former record label dominated industry has been supplanted by new industries, including digital aggregators, strategists and online platforms. These new music industries now facilitate ‘direct’ access to both artists and their music. While such accessibility and the potential for artist exposure have never been greater, the challenge to stand out or to even navigate a musical career pathway is formidable. A useful resource for musicians and educators, this text highlights the ways in which the new music industries facilitate increased opportunities for 21st Century popular musicians to collaborate, communicate and interact with others interested in their music.
Author: Anna Fienberg
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
A rib-tickling, larger-than-life pirate adventure for 7 to 11 year olds, with plenty of colourful cursing, fighting and eating.
In the Dark
Author: Jason Bawden-Smith
The majority of Australians remain in the dark about the threats that synthetic electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and artificial light/blue light (BL) pose to human health. According to philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Currently, we are in the first two stages, after reading this book, many of us will accept the truths that Jason Bawden-Smith presents in his fascinating new book, In the Dark. Drawing upon extensive research, Jason sheds light on the facts that: Artificial light disrupts the bodies circadian rhtymn that leads to a plethora of health issues, from depression to chronic disease. Radiofrequency EMF can cause brain cancer and places incredible amounts of stress on our body. This industry has a blanketed clause in its insurance policy for any employees who suffer from its effects. The discussion is intelligent and informed, so people can understand the implication, and take appropriate action. Theres no doubt technology serves great function in this day and age, and will continue to do so. In the Dark simply brings stronger awareness to the adverse effects technology can have, and offers simple and practical measures people can take, without feeling they have to compromise the lifestyle they want.