All posts by David Mayocchi

History Is Made at Night: Live Music in Australia

Clinton Walker
Books, Music Business
Sydney: Currency House, Platform Papers No. 32 July 2012. 73 pages
ISBN 9780987211415
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2014

In History Is Made at Night, Clinton Walker takes the lens to the ‘sticky carpet, dodgy house PAs and moshpit etiquette’ of live popular music. History Is Made at Night is one of the quarterly essays published in Currency House’s Platform Papers Series which provides a regular forum on the performing arts in Australia. Walker… continue reading »


How Music Got Free: What Happens When An Entire Generation Commits The Same Crime?

Stephen Witt
Books, Music Business
London: The Bodley Head, 2015. 296 pp
ISBN: 9781847923363 (Paperback)
Reviewed by , October 1st, 2015

How Music Got Free is business history written with the narrative drive of a Raymond Chandler crime novel. This carefully researched and deeply unsettling account traces the unravelling of the recording industry as copyright protection collapses and new digital technologies enable the free global distribution of music. And a whole generation decide to take advantage… continue reading »


It’s Culture, Stupid: Reflections of an Arts Bureaucrat

Leigh Tabrett
Books, Cultural Policy
Strawberry Hills, Currency House 2013. 69pp.
ISBN 9780987211439
www.currencyhouse.org.au
Reviewed by , April 25th, 2014

 Leigh Tabrett has made a thoughtful contribution to Platform Papers quarterly essay series. Tabrett’s It’s Culture, Stupid: Reflections of an Arts Bureaucrat identifies some serious funding and policy issues that challenge the Australian arts sector. Tabrett was at the helm of Arts Queensland from 2005 to 2012 and her insights reflect the thinking of someone… continue reading »


Making New Zealand’s Pop Renaissance: State, Markets, Musicians

Michael Scott
Books, Cultural Policy, Music Business
Farnham, England: Ashgate 2013, 185 Pages
ISBN 9781409443353
www.ashgate.com
Reviewed by , August 1st, 2014

As a “small, isolated, commodity dependent” trading nation, New Zealand is a difficult place to maintain a career in music. This was particularly the case during the 1990s when the country was undergoing some fairly strong  “neo-liberal” reforms under the Bolger-Shipley National  Government. The election of Helen Clarke’s Labour Government in 1999 produced a range… continue reading »


Music Business and the Experience Economy: The Australian Case

Peter Tschmuck, Peter Pearce, Steven Campbell, eds.
Books, Music Business
ISBN 978 3 642 27897 6
www.springer.com
Reviewed by , May 1st, 2014

Books that focus on music as business are relatively uncommon, so it is surprising to find an entire volume from international publishing house Springer devoted to the Australian music sector. The idea for the book arose in Townsville, when Peter Tschmuck, from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, was having dinner with… continue reading »


Philanthropy and the Arts

Jennifer Radbourne and Kenneth Watkins
Books, Music Business
Melbourne: Melbourne University Press 2015 228 pages
ISBN 9780522868708
www.mup.com.
Reviewed by , February 1st, 2016

A collaboration between an experienced fundraiser and an arts management academic, Philanthropy and the Arts promises to unpack the secrets of new philanthropy. It does this, though it’s not an easy journey. In part this is due to the book’s unusual perspective. It embeds a very narrow focus on the successful fundraising approach taken by… continue reading »


Rules of Engagement

Kim Williams
Biography, Books
Melbourne: Miegunyah Press, 2014. 322pp
ISBN 9780522866933
www.mup.com.au
Reviewed by , May 1st, 2015

For decades, Kim Williams has held significant management roles in the arts and media sector in Australian. His memoir, Rules of Engagement, provides us with a beautifully written insider account of the personal, policy and corporate struggles that occurred behind the scenes of some of our largest and most important institutions. Rules of Engagement is… continue reading »


Sophisto-Punk: The Story of Mark Opitz and Oz Rock

Luke Wallis, Jeff Jenkins and Mark Opitz
Biography, Books
Sydney: Ebury Press 2012, 361pp.
ISBN 9781742757933
www.randomhouse.com.au
Reviewed by , March 1st, 2014

It’s rare that a book on the Australian music industry provides a perspective from behind the mixing desk. That’s why Sophisto-Punk, the biography of award winning producer Mark Opitz, is so valuable. Co-writers Luke Wallis and Jeff Jenkins met Opitz when they interviewed him for the Triple M radio network. Opitz had so many stories… continue reading »


The Best Years of Our Lives: Richard Clapton

Richard Clapton
Biography, Books
Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin 2014. 337 Pages
ISBN 9781760110598
http://www.allenandunwin.com
Reviewed by , September 1st, 2014

The Best Years of Our Lives is Richard Clapton’s account of his roller-coaster life in the fast lane of Australian popular music. With a recording career stretching back to the early 1970s, he has a lot to draw on. The book opens in the mid-sixties as Clapton the young fan spends a day with The… continue reading »


The Shock of Recognition: the books and music that have inspired me

Barry Jones
Biography, Books, Music Criticism
Sydney: Allen and Unwin 2016. 412 pp. Paperback
ISBN 9781741759662
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2016

Barry’s open house: a classic’s classics. A visit to a colleague’s house will often bring you face to face with their books and music, sometimes on display, sometimes stacked haphazardly throughout rooms. A window into their interests and influences, a scan of their collection can help find common ground, or not, as the case may… continue reading »


Websites & Social Media B146

Jerome John
Books, Music Business
Sydney: Australian Copyright Council May 2013, 47pp.
ISBN 978 1 920778 27 9
www.copyright.org.au
Reviewed by , March 2nd, 2014

If you thought the world of copyright was confusing enough, read Websites and Social Media and you’ll realise that the internet has added a new layer of complexity to the lives of musicians, artists, writers and critics. The plethora of on-line forums, blogs and audio distribution platforms that have emerged in recent years have created… continue reading »


About David Mayocchi

David Mayocchi has worked in the arts and education sector in Brisbane since the 1990s. He is currently Executive Manager in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland and has written reviews for a range of publications. d.mayocchi@uq.edu.au

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