Most general histories of post-war Australian popular music tell the story of a sound, whether pub rock, the inner-city sound of indy rock, or whatever. This book uniquely tells the story of the songs and the songwriting, filling an egregious gap in the bibliography.

Drawing on the author’s forty years’ experience writing about Australian music and on many previously-unpublished interviews from his archive, it takes a roughly narrative shape, working along with the chronology as the tradition develops through time, and it concludes with the great coming of age of the early 70s just before the birth of Countdown (and not extending beyond that time because the post-Countdown era has been so well documented).

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