Publication Date: Sep 2023
RRP: $36.99
ISBN: 9781922633934
Format: Paperback
Size: 153mm x 234mm
Pages: 352
Category: Music, Australian History, Biography

Full Coverage

A History of Rock Journalism in Australia

Samuel J. Fell

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‘A sensational history not only of music journalism but also of the cultural times … There are heroic, foolhardy, cruel and noble stories here.’ Tim Rogers

‘A must-read for anyone interested in a nuts-and-bolts history of the Australian music scene’ Anthony Morris, Books+Publishing


The first full-length history of rock journalism in Australia

For over fifty years, Australia has maintained its own rock press – a vibrant, passionate, sometimes volatile industry of dozens of papers and magazines committed to the coverage of the country’s robust music scene.

From the glossy and glamorous to the punk and pernicious, these publications were the medium that brought Australian music culture to international attention and launched the careers of countless musicians, as well as writers, editors, publishers and photographers. Go-Set started it all; the Australian Rolling Stone, RAM and Juke defined their eras; music newspapers such as Beat and Inpress brought indie music to the streets; and sites like Mess+Noise, Tone Deaf and Junkee harnessed the digital age.

Drawing on comprehensive research and scores of interviews with key figures including Molly Meldrum, Lily Brett and Phillip Frazer, journalist Samuel J. Fell captures the vibrancy of music journalism in Australia with colourful anecdotes and rollicking stories. Full Coverage is the tale of how the Australian rock press was born, grew and evolved to become an integral part of Australian culture.


Samuel J. Fell

Samuel J. Fell is a senior contributor to roots music bible Rhythms and a critic for The Sydney Morning Herald. His work has appeared widely, including in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Australian Financial Review, VICE and Crikey....
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