About the Book

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Oceans apart, low down, far from the world’s music-making epicentres is a country – Australia – that throws up music unlike anyplace else. This music moves the people who live there in strange and deep-felt ways, gives them something to rage, shout, dream, dance, remember, love and break up to. Rock Country lays all that history, all that emotion, down: in thrilling, seldom seen, backstage and onstage photos, and in essays by Australia’s finest authors and musicians.

Here is a treasure trove of scoops … Sex lessons from Bon Scott. Scary encounter with Chrissy Amphlett. On the trail of Keith Richards’s Melbourne wife. The whirlwind genius years of Molly Meldrum. Normie Rowe’s ten months in London. Cold Chisel in LA. The Triffids in Berlin, Camden, Leederville. How Nick Cave got me through my Soviet adolescence. Around Australia in eighty days with Sherbet and the Ted Mulry Gang. The happy-sad genius of Barry Gibb. Doc Neeson smashed unconscious by traffic sign. Grant McLennan in the record racks. François Tétaz and the making of Gotye. My three days stalking The Police. Nights at the Sebel Town House. Who are the Five Greatest Australian Rock & Pop Stars? Where is Lanny K? Was Michael Hutchence happy?

Features essays by: Maureen O’Shaughnessy, Clinton Walker, M.J. Hyland & François Tétaz, Tony Wilson, Jeff Jenkins, David McComb, Andrew Cox, David Free, Samantha Trenoweth, Michael Lawrence, Max Bonnell, Herm Kovac, Fiona McGregor, Neil Murray, Peter Doyle, Toby Creswell, Trevor Byrne, Maria Tumarkin, Rahul Bhattacharya, Jen Jewel Brown, Dave Graney, Helen Carter, Joe Dolce, Keir Nuttall, Malcolm Knox, Hariklia Heristanidis, Nathan Hollier, Ritchie Yorke, Tyrone Noonan, Sophia Brous & Mick Harvey, Celina Ribeiro, Stephen Cummings.

Includes photography by: Colin Beard, Bob King, Martin Philbey, Sophie Howarth, Graeme Webber, Laura Levine, Tony Mott, Rennie Ellis, Philip Morris, Ross Halfin, Henry Diltz, Carol Jerrems, Francine McDougall and many more.

Published by Hardie Grant Books.

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