Biography | Gough Whitlam – “His Time” by Jenny Hocking

The much-anticipated second volume of former Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s biography.

gough-whitlamGough Whitlam, Australia’s twenty-first prime minister, swept to power in December 1972, ending twenty-three years of conservative rule. It was an ascendancy bitterly resented by some, never accepted by others, and ended with dismissal by the Governor-General barely three years later—an outcome that polarised debate and left many believing the full story had not been told.

In this much anticipated second volume of her biography of Gough Whitlam, Hocking has used previously unearthed archival material and extensive interviews with Gough Whitlam, his family, colleagues and foes, to bring the key players in these dramatic events to life.
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JOHN LEGEND ‘The All of Me Tour’ December 2014 with special guest Dami Im

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The supremely talented, #1 charting neo-soul singer JOHN LEGEND is set to thrill his Australian fans this December.

Legend today announced a national headline tour in support of his fourth highly acclaimed album, Love in the Future, featuring six-times platinum ARIA #1 single All of Me.

An Evening with John Legend – teaming the multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter with his super talented band plus a guest string section – promises an intimate show not to be missed, featuring Legend’s intoxicating vocals and incredible musicianship.
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Biography | Something Quite Peculiar : The Church. The Music. The Mayhem – Steve Kilbey

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With some 37 years in the music industry, Steve Kilbey has some stories to tell. Best known as the lead singer and enigmatic front man, songwriter, bassist of The Church, Steve has experienced both amazing international success and all the excesses that go with it, as well as a well known heroin addiction that delivered some very dark times. The Church has been a significant and constant influence on the Australian music industry and readers will be keen to hear from one of the industry’s most successful, creative and long-standing key protagonists.
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Live Review | The Tea Party @ Palais Theatre, Melbourne – October 12, 2014

Review by Ben Connolly
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The Tea Party set kicks off with a new album (“The Ocean at The End” ) sandwich of The L.O.C. and The Black Sea (with a filling of perennial favourite The Bazaar) highlighting just how crunchy the new offering is. Gone is the flowery bloat and overly-earnest emotive slather which marred the late-career albums, in its stead a return to the screeching wail of a well-throttled Les Paul backed by a thumping backline.
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Live Review | Hot Chocolate at Wests New Lambton – October 15, 2014

Review and photos by David Jackson

Hot Chocolate @ Wests New Lambton

Sipping hot chocolate on a cold night is anyone’s idea of pleasure, watching one of the most successful bands of the 70’s play live is perhaps double this.

With a career spanning some 44 years and a huge catalogue of hits, Hot Chocolate entered the stage. Lead by relatively new singer Kennie Simon (Simon joined as lead vocals in 2010) and followed by original members Patrick Olive (Bass), Harvey Hinsley (guitarist) and Tony Connor (drummer), they opened the set with “Everyone’s a Winner”.
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Sydney based singer, songwriter, arranger and composer, Sarah Belkner, triumphantly comes out from behind her much-praised previous moniker ‘Miss Little’, to announce her forthcoming first studio album – the first single, WITH YOU.

Released on 24 October, the first single to be lifted from the album could be described as a modern day love song; A glimpse into a situation many people find themselves in in relationships. The frustration of outside distractions and the day to day mundane when all anyone really wants is to just to be loved and to be with that person without complication.
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Sea Legs Announce Tour – Nov & Dec 2014 and Jan 2015

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Central Coast indie pop revellers on the rise Sea Legs have just released additional touring dates and a DIY music video for their latest single ‘Christopher Strong’.
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GOLDEN FEATURES Announces Debut Headline Tour – Nov/Dec 2014

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Sydney’s masked producer Golden Features has announced his debut headline tour for late 2014. Spanning three countries over November and December this year, these shows will reveal a new dimension to Golden Features’ signature brand of dark, cajoling electronica; an incendiary visual showpiece which joins the dots between his aesthetic and identity as a musician, performer and visual artist.

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Autobiography | Ed Sheeran – A Visual Journey

ed-sheeranTake one acclaimed singer-songwriter and pair him with one of the most talented young artists of his generation and what do you get? A stunningly original visual documentary of one of the world’s best-loved and most successful musicians of his generation. With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produces artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.
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BILLY IDOL announces 2015 Australian & New Zealand tour with special guests Cheap Trick

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Rock icon BILLY IDOL is returning to Australia and New Zealand for his first concert tour of Australia since 2002 and his first of New Zealand since 1987.

The original punk turned global superstar will perform indoor shows and a day on the green winery events in March and April 2015. Idol’s band includes long-time collaborator and lead-guitarist Steve Stevens.

Billy Idol’s tour announcement coincides with a flurry of new Idol projects that have fans around the globe in a heightened state of excitement!
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CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL 2014 First Artist Announcement

campfireThe New South Wales Hunter Valley’s renowned HOPE ESTATE winery is excited to announce the first musical artists to be confirmed for the inaugural CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL to be held at the winery from Friday, 13 March to Sunday, 15 March, 2015.

The first lineup of artists confirmed for the 2015 CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL includes:

John Butler Trio
Lee Kernaghan / Kasey Chambers
Ash Grunwald / Beccy Cole / The McClymonts
Wendy Matthews / We Two Thieves / Greg Champion
Amber Lawrence / The Bob Corbett Band / Chelsea Basham and more to be announced soon!

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FUTURE SUMMER 2015 | new dates & venues announced! | #Future15

It’s the biggest touring festival of the Australian summer calendar – an annual, cross country tour de force of trippy good times, massive parties and THE hottest names in music, from international superstars to cutting-edge newcomers. Friends, the countdown has officially begun – Future Summer 2015 is here!
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Audio Interview | Max Bemis – Say Anything – Mental Health in the Music industry and more

Interview by John Howarth

Max Bemis is the is the lead singer, primary composer and primary lyricist of the band SAY ANYTHING, as well as a founding member. Bemis is undoubtedly a tortured genius. His struggle with Mental illness is well documented and certain episodes have been recorded in the media. He has become somewhat of an advocate for Mental Health and has worked hard to get his condition under control. A recent dad with another little one on the way, family life has helped in his recovery. His devotion to faith is another reason Max has his life well on track. Say Anything are definitely a unique outfit and with their latest album ‘Hebrews’ he dropped ALL guitars in preference to strings and the outcome was stunning.
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