Browsing: Social History

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Category: Non-Fiction, Social History, Theatre

Author: Julian Meyrick

Publisher: Sydney: Currency Press, 2022. 352pp

ISBN: 9781760627386

Reviewed by: Kathryn Kelly

“Everything we are, drama is also. Everything we fear, love, desire, detest and hope for, drama does too…It is ever expanding in what it says, ever varied in what it shows, endlessly creative in the worlds it puts onstage, to delight, confound, challenge, instruct and profoundly move us, its audiences.”

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Category: Music creation, Musicology, Social History

Author: Bruce Johnson

Publisher: Birmingham, England: Routledge, Birmingham City University, 2020. Series: Transnational Studies in Jazz. 298 pp. E-book available.

ISBN: 9781671045958

Reviewed by: Elaine Lewis

“One of the strengths of jazz is its sheer diversity and ability to keep reinventing itself through time, location and cultural context.” (Mawer 2014: 168).

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Category: Biography, Literature, Music and related arts, Non-Fiction, Social History

Author: Ann-Marie Priest

Publisher: Melbourne, Australia, Black Inc. Imprint: La Trobe University Press, 2022, 480 pp.

ISBN 9781760642341 (paperback, e-book available)

Reviewed by: Elaine Lewis

By the end of her life Australian poet Gwen Harwood was recognised as one of Australia’s finest poets, publishing over 420 works, including 386 poems and thirteen libretti. Between 1958 and 1994 she received numerous awards; three honorary Doctorates were conferred upon her and she was often studied at schools and universities. Yet she remained private—little was known of her life.

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Category: Biography, Social History

Author: Robert Wainwright

Publisher: Sydney, Australia, Allen & Unwin, 2021, 352 pp.

ISBN: 9781760878252 (e-book available)

Reviewed by: Elaine Lewis

“In London there were Melba nights at Covent Garden but in the 1894–95 season in New York there was the’Melba rage’ as the New York Globe would describe her ability to fill the theatre.”

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Category: Biography, Social History

Author: M.T. Anderson

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN 978-0-7636-9100-4

Reviewed by: Philip Pogson

“During our own time of siege, wrought by a virus rather than the forces of rampant fascism and communism, this is a book with a message: art and music matter profoundly. They salve the soul. Sadly, I suspect the enemies of freedom understand the deep and urgent power of art more than those of us who claim to love it.”

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Category: Government policy, Social History

Author: Julianne Schultz

Publisher: Sydney: Allen and Unwin 2022. 459pp. 

ISBN 978 1 76087 930 3

Reviewed by: Barry Conyngham

“Full of matters that every Australian should contemplate. The subtitle, ‘A search for the soul of the nation’, is pursued with skill, rigour and forensic enthusiasm. Author: ‘I hope to trigger conversations’. A must read.”

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Category: Literature, Musicology, Social History

Author: Joseph Cummins

Publisher: London and New York: Anthem Press, 2021, 188 pages

ISBN-13: 978- 1- 78527- 091- 8 (Hbk)  ISBN- 10: 1- 78527- 091- 5 (Hbk). Also an e-book.

Reviewed by: Loretta Barnard

“In ‘Imagined Sound’ Cummins listens to the landscapes and histories of post-World War II literature and music using an intriguing and inviting method for engaging with literary and musical texts, offering new ways in which to think about the multiple ways writers and musicians have reimagined the landscape and by extension our historical perspectives and mythologies.”

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Category: Music creation, Musicology, Social History

Author: Adrian Jackson and Andra Jackson

Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria: Melbourne Books, 2022. 344 pp. Hardback. Also digital flipbook.

ISBN: 978 1925556599

https://melbournebooks.com.au/products/wangaratta-festival-of-jazz-blues-30-years-1

Reviewed by: Loretta Barnard

“Importantly, he talks about making the festival accessible to all jazz lovers—from traditional, to mainstream, through to contemporary and experimental jazz, a healthy dose of big bands, and of course the blues.”

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Category: Cultural Policy, Social History

Author: Katharine Brisbane

Publisher: Sydney: Currency House “Platform Paper No. 63”, 2021. 72pp.

Reviewed by: Andrea Hull

The major element in The Lessons of History is its sheer scope… Its themes range from industry work practices to environmental sustainability, public policy, export, finance, censorship, copyright, welfare and all genres of the performing arts including film, television and an increasing variety of digital media.”

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