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  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - PARIS 1981.

    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - PARIS 1981.

    In March this year my label Laughing Outlaw Records released a 22 track double CD of artists on the label covering Bruce Springsteen songs. The package came with an almost 9,000 word piece I wrote about seeing and interviewing Springsteen in Paris in 1981. This is it. Hope you like it.


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  • MARGARET CHO – THE PSYCHO TOUR – SEPTEMBER 2016

    MARGARET CHO – THE PSYCHO TOUR – SEPTEMBER 2016



    Margaret Cho returns to Australia for a national tour that will include a special performance at the Sydney Opera House for the Just For Laughs Sydney Comedy Festival. The tour starts in Perth on 6 September before heading to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

    Beginning with her early days in Southern California, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a taboo topic, there are literally no subjects off limits.
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  • The Winter’s Tale, Boy Out Of The Country @ ON THE HOUSE

    The Winter’s Tale, Boy Out Of The Country @ ON THE HOUSE





    The Winter’s Tale

    On the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, Class Act Theatre presents his timeless romance of jealousy and forgiveness re-imagined in a modern setting and performed by some of Melbourne’s most talented actors.
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  • Wanna meet THE RUBENS on a backstage tour + win tickets to their tour this month? Duh. 

    HOLD ME BACK TOUR KICKS OFF THIS MONTH!

    WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MANSIONAIR, SLUM SOCIABLE + ALI BARTER

    Fresh off the back of massive Groovin' the Moo performances, which saw the band play to thousands of adoring fans, The Rubens will kick off their biggest headline tour ever this month!
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  • HANGING WITH HARRY DEAN STANTON

    HANGING WITH HARRY DEAN STANTON


    Back in 1990 I was the co-promoter of Harry Dean Stanton's only Australian tour. This is a piece I wrote for Follow Me magazine in September of that year. I haven't attempted to update or change it as on a re-reading I think it stands up as a capsule of that time.
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  • FOUR LOU REED MOMENTS

    FOUR LOU REED MOMENTS

    (1) Launceston. 1972.

    Listening to the first and second Velvets albums in Launceston (on vinyl – natch . . .) with my friend David Woodhall at his house. We were both 16 or 17. We smoked a lot of pot. At the end of the night – after multiple plays of Sister Ray – I said to David “what if we’re already dead and this is what happens next?” We were young but the Velvets were part of our psyche – then and now. We both owed Melbourne’s David N. Pepperell for the tip in the first place.

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  • Labor commits to keeping community radio

    Labor commits to keeping community radio

    The CBAA has welcomed the Labor Party’s commitment to reinstating funding for digital community radio if elected.

    The Keep The Community In Your Radio campaign has been calling for a commitment to the future of community radio on the digital spectrum, with the immediate restoration of funding to cover transmission costs....
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  • The Hanging: Bongs and Commodores at ALASKA Projects

    The Hanging: Bongs and Commodores at ALASKA Projects



    Ceramic novelty bongs alongside a looped video of a car doing mad doughies at first seems like a smug middle finger to the art world.

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  • Jamie & Judy's Star Quality Adventures

    Jamie & Judy's Star Quality Adventures


    This is the very first post in our brand new blog "Jamie & Judy's Star Quality Adventures". We hope you'll come back often, or subscribe to our soon to be posted RSS feed, to help you stay aware of all that's happening at Star Quality Performing Arts, and to enjoy some entertaining moments starring our fabulous young students.
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  • LUNCHING WITH NEIL DIAMOND - AS YOU DO.

    LUNCHING WITH NEIL DIAMOND - AS YOU DO.

    You're in Los Angeles just before Christmas in 1996. You've had breakfast with Iggy Pop and there's a few hours to kill before you're scheduled to chat with Jeff Buckley. What do you do? Go have lunch with Neil Diamond, that's what.


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  • ALLEN GINSBERG - THE LAST AUSTRALIAN INTERVIEW

    ALLEN GINSBERG - THE LAST AUSTRALIAN INTERVIEW

    The first time I set eyes on Allen Ginsberg was in the basement of the City Lights bookshop in San Francisco in the early 1980s when I was on tour with the Hoodoo Gurus. I thought of saying hello but figured he must get tired of that so in the same way that Jim Carroll used to follow Frank O'Hara around the streets of Manhattan during O'Hara's lunch break, trying to see what the great poet saw, I kept a distance as I trailed Ginsberg around the shop, looking at the books he was looking at. Early in 1997 I finally had the opportunity to interview Ginsberg. As it turns out it was shortly before he died so this is one of the last interviews he did. This is the full, unedited version of the piece which later appeared in various publications.


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