The paperback edition of the most comprehensive and authoritive book on the history of Australian rock and pop published.
'What you're holding here is not endless lists of LP catalogue numbers and dates. What's before you is a sign of Australian times spread across four decades of musicians ... It's their history and it's your history as well. Rediscover how The Angels through to The Zoot got from A-Z, and how you travelled along with them. And if you've enver travelled their route before, then buckle up and enjoy the ride because all the signposts you'll need are right before your eyes.' Richard Kingsmill, Triple J
The Encyclopedia of Rock and Pop' is the definitive guide to the bands and artists who moulded the shape of Australian popular music from the 1950s to the 1990s. Arranged alphabeticaly for easy reference, the book will appeal to both the dedicated fan and casual reader. Containing over 800 entries, from AC/DC to The Church, from Olivia Newton-John to silverchair and You Am I, this is a book crammed with a mixture of facts and opinion. It includes biographical information, lin-up details, record releases, career highlights and an album discography, as well as an authoritive critique on each artist's career.
This is an essential work of reference for anyone who has loved Australian popular music. Rock Music historian Ian McFarlane has produced a significant book on the history of Australian rock and pop.
Ian McFarlane is a Melbourne writer and music historian. He has been a freelance rock writer since 1984 working for magazines such as Juke, Hot Metal, The Edge, and From The Vault. He is currently a contributor to The Australian and has been writing specifically about Australian rock for 10 years. Recently he has been self publishing his own magazines Prehistoric Sounds (Australian Independant Music 1976 - 1990) and Freedom Train (Australian Progressive Rock 1970 - 1976) which are dedicated to examining the history of specific periods in Australian music.