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On July 13, 1985, the world tuned in to watch Live Aid. History has judged Queen as far and away the best performance on the day. This book looks into that day and goes back to the Band Aid single that spawned it all and checks out where Queen was before the big show – and what it did for their career afterwards.
Borne out of the Proton Energy Pills, Tumbleweed were big in the 1990s, and certainly the biggest band to come out of Wollongong at the time. But then it all fell apart and the members hardly spoke. So it was a surprise when the original line-up reformed in 2009. Healer traces their history, right up to the planned release of new material in 2020.
The book that looks at the stories behind some of the most well-known brawls in rugby league – including the Earl Park Riot in 1928, the grubby 1973 Manly-Cronulla grand final, the Wests-Manly rivalry in 1978 and the time the Illawarra Steelers mascot got caught up in a sideline melee.
The Slasher was out and about in Sydney in the late 1950s – a peeping Tom who graduated to breaking into women’s bedrooms, groping them and slashing them with a razor. The afternoon tabloids had a field day with the case until he was caught.
It’s a song-by-song look at my two favourite Midnight Oil albums.
“This is intelligent, insightful and at times dryly amusing writing that does what the finest commentary should by brilliantly putting the music in the context of the life, times and events surrounding its creation.” – Stuart Coupe.
For years I wrote the blog Beer is Your Friend. This is a collection of the best bits. It was released as an ultra-limited edition print version (just 20 copies) but is still available as an ebook.
In my day job I’m a journalist at the Illawarra Mercury. This is a collection of stories I wrote for that paper about bands in my home town of Wollongong.
The Six-Pack: Stories from the World of Beer