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Category:Biography

Author: Merri Cyr with Jeff Apter.

Carlton, Victoria: Nero, an imprint of Schwartz Publishing, 2019. 240pp. Hard cover LP sized book, lavishly illustrated with Cyr’s photos, text by Australian author Apter and reflections by a number of contemporaries.

ISBN 97817606418794.

http://blackincbooks.com

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

I prefer to learn everything through music. If you want divinity, the music in every human being and their love for music is pretty much it. – Jeff Buckley

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Category:Fiction

Author: Jessie Tu

Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2020, 293pp

ISBN 978 1 76087 719 4 (pbk)

Reviewed by: Loretta Barnard

“A powerful debut novel, one that explores what it’s like growing up in Australia with an Asian heritage; and how women are perceived when it comes to both professional ambition and sexual desire. It’s an investigation into how friendship works and how love is expressed in different families; and along the way, it dissects something of what it really means to be a child prodigy.”

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Category:Memoir

Author: Flea (Michael Peter Balzary)

London: Headline Publishing Group, 2019. 379 pp.

ISBN: 9781472230829 (ebook available)

Reviewed by: Elaine Lewis

“Unknowingly we were tapping a new vein of rock music, without thought, just partying our asses off, lost in it.”

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Category:Musicology

Author: Michael Hooper

New York (NY): Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 306 pp.

ISBN:  978-1-5013-4818-1 (Hardback). Also available as an ePDF and as an eBook

Reviewed by: Michael Hannan

“This book provides a well-researched and often fascinating account of the compositional practices and the historical, cultural and philosophical contexts and issues surrounding “modernist” classical music in Australia in the period 1960-1975.”

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Category:Biography, Book

Author: Eileen Chanin, Steven Miller

Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2015. 229pp. Paperback

ISBN: 978 1 74305 365 2

www.wakefieldpress.com.au

Reviewed by: Gwen Bennett

Four inspiring women, though not exactly household names today, are given some much-deserved attention in this engrossing publication. Dora Ohlfsen, Louise Dyer, Clarice Zander and Mary Cecil Allen, born in Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century, all…

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, Cultural Policy

Artist(s): Australian Haydn Ensemble. Neal Peres Da Costa (soloist/fortepiano), Skye McIntosh (Artistic Director and violin), Matthew Greco (violin), Gabrielle Kancachian, James Eccles (violas), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Jacqueline Dossor (double bass), Melissa Farrow (flute)

Label: ABC 481 6588. CD or online

Reviewed by: Gordon Kerry

“A fine Australian ensemble takes a fresh look at two Beethoven concertos.”

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Category:Biography, Book

Author: Roger Woodward

Sydney: HarperCollinsPublishers Australia Pty Limited, 2014. 609pp ABC Books under licence.

ISBN: 978 0 7333 2303

www.harpercollins.com.au

Reviewed by: Gwen Bennett

In contrast with the austere black and white dust jacket, the first thing one sees when opening this book is the vividly coloured endpaper, painted by the nine year old author; such talent would surely lead to a future as…

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Category:Fiction

Author: Holly Throsby.

Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2018. 391pp.

ISBN 978 1 76063 056 0 (pbk). Also Ebook.

Reviewed by: Aniqa Mannan

“The second novel from beloved Australian singer-songwriter Holly Throsby, ‘Cedar Valley’ opens and unfolds like a murder mystery, but it is really a love story— or its inverse: ‘Cedar Valley’ is an ‘unloved’ story.”

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Category:Biography, Book

Author: Roland Perry

Sydney: ABC Books / HarperCollinsPublishers Aust. Pty. Ltd. 2016. 388 pp. Accompanying CD (unreviewed)

ISBN 978-0-7333-3508-2 (pbk)

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“This biography is a fascinating description of the French demi-monde culture during the Second Empire, as experienced by Céleste Vénard (1824-1909), who eventually became the most celebrated courtesan in Paris. Roland Perry brings her inspiring story of courage and resilience to life for us in a very enjoyable read.”  

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Category:Community Music

Author: Edited by Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Melissa Cain, Diana Tolmie, Anne Power and Mari Shiobara.

University of Hawai‘i Press, Honolulu, 2018. 344pp. Hardback and digital.

00ISBN: 9780824867003

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

“The most important message from this extraordinary book is the power of community music to contribute to the sustenance of individual and collective identities, also often facilitating positive sociocultural and political change.”

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Category:Memoir

Author: Greg Appel

Guthugga Pipeline Press, 2020 236pp. Accompanying CD available

Reviewed by: Chris Cody

“This unconventional memoir of a musician in a mid-80s Australian independent band and his later career in the arts has quirky insights into music, creativity, dreams, and growing up in Australia.”

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The story of Australia’s most famous urban ‘intervention’ that provides a different model and scale of state-cultural industry relationships. The literature on the ‘creative’ or ‘cultural’ city is now substantial, driven by scholarly interest in how artistic creativity becomes embedded…

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Category:Music Criticism

Author: Alison Croggon

Sydney: Platform Papers Quarterly Essay on the Performing Arts, Currency Press, 2019. 59 pp.

ISBN: 978064842654

Reviewed by: Elaine Lewis

“Good criticism opens up conversations and links artists to their audiences. It is particularly important for performance because it ‘constitutes its memory and functions in many cases as its major historical record’.”

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Category:Biography

Author: Craig Horne

Melbourne Books 2018. 259 pp. RRP $39.95

ISBN 9781925556254

Reviewed by: David Mayocchi

“A very personal story of Daddy Cool, the most successful Australian band of the early 1970s.”

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