“A Coveted Possession will be a coveted book, I predict, by all those interested in the history of piano manufacture, importation and usage in Australia.”
Browsing: Social History
“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.”
“‘Cultural Justice and the Right to Thrive’ is both riveting in content and just so beautifully written.”
“Vivid snapshots of Australian social and political history, conversations about Australian culture.”
“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).
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.
“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.”
“Casual sex and too many drugs, a music industry history that is darker than you could imagine.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Where a more academically inclined text might prompt a bit of skim-reading, ‘The Opera House’ is utterly engrossing. Definitely no skimming.”
“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.”
Although Ross has an encyclopaedic command of the fact base, he leaves ample room for readers to make their own decisions about the man-myth that is Wagner. That is its strength.”
“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.”
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.”