Author 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

Biography
Grant and I: Inside and Outside The Go-Betweens

Author: Robert Forster
Category: Biography
Australia: Penguin Hamish Hamilton 2016, 339pp.
ISBN 9780670078226 (pbk)
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In December 1977, Robert Forster asked Grant McLennan to form a band with him. Some weeks later, McLennan agreed and The Go-Betweens were formed. Grant and I is a story of Forster and McLennan, their friendship and the music they…

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

Author: Barry Jones
Category: Biography, Books, Music Criticism
Sydney: Allen and Unwin 2016. 412 pp. Paperback
ISBN 9781741759662
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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…

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Philanthropy and the Arts

Author: Jennifer Radbourne and Kenneth Watkins
Category: Books, Music Business
Melbourne: Melbourne University Press 2015 228 pages
ISBN 9780522868708
www.mup.com.
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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…

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

Author: Stephen Witt
Category: Books, Music Business
London: The Bodley Head, 2015. 296 pp
ISBN: 9781847923363 (Paperback)
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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…

Biography
Rules of Engagement

Author: Kim Williams
Category: Biography, Books
Melbourne: Miegunyah Press, 2014. 322pp
ISBN 9780522866933
www.mup.com.au
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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…

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

Author: Michael Scott
Category: Books, Cultural Policy, Music Business
Farnham, England: Ashgate 2013, 185 Pages
ISBN 9781409443353
www.ashgate.com
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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…

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

Author: Leigh Tabrett
Category: Books, Cultural Policy
Strawberry Hills, Currency House 2013. 69pp.
ISBN 9780987211439
www.currencyhouse.org.au
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 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…

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

Author: Luke Wallis, Jeff Jenkins and Mark Opitz
Category: Biography, Books
Sydney: Ebury Press 2012, 361pp.
ISBN 9781742757933
www.randomhouse.com.au
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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…