BOOK REVIEW: JOHNNY MARR – SET THE BOY FREE

  Here’s Johnny! For years Johnny Marr has created great music and influenced multiple generations of guitarists by wearing various musical hats. Set The Boy Free is the first time the former guitarist of The Smiths has committed the story of his life to paper. This book is a cracking read and it proves that…

BOOK REVIEW: BRIAN WILSON & BEN GREENMAN – I AM BRIAN WILSON

God only knows where pop music would be without Brian Wilson. The genius writer of many of The Beach Boys greatest hits has had a profound effect on popular culture. I Am Brian Wilson (his second autobiography; his first was published in the nineties) is a complex and forthright account of his life in music….

DVD REVIEW: I AM JOHNNY CASH

  A lot of people would be familiar with Johnny Cash’s life and music thanks to the biopic, Walk the Line. But I Am Johnny Cash is a documentary about the late man in black that manages to be a great watch and offers us some more information about this iconic singer-songwriter. I Am Johnny Cash is not…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing Street is a feel-good musical about the in-between days found nestled between childhood and adulthood. The film is an optimistic one set in Dublin in the 1980s. It was a halcyon time in the post-punk era where a kid could start a band by picking up an instrument and people across the world…

DVD REVIEW: GRAFFITI BRIDGE

  The late, great Prince was an undisputed, musical genius. But this same praise cannot be said about his filmmaking skills. Graffiti Bridge was considered a kind of sequel to the film, Purple Rain, but it was a disaster at the box office and as a story because it is an incoherent mess of clichés about love,…

DVD REVIEW: NINA

If the late, great Nina Simone were alive she’d have a few things to say about her bio-pic, Nina. The film skips over a lot of crucial points in Simone’s life and instead focuses on her darker moments, her last decade when she was working with and under the tutelage of her assistant, Clifton Henderson….

BOOK REVIEW: GRAEME SIMSION – THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP

  The Best of Adam Sharp is like Sliding Doors meets High Fidelity. The third novel by author, Graeme Simsion takes a more dramatic and wistful approach to his previous novels, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. In Adam Sharp, Simison grapples with the question of “What if?” and produces a well-written dramedy and…

BOOK REVIEW: MICK WALL – PRINCE: PURPLE REIGN

  Prince was an enigma. And after reading a biography like Prince: Purple Reign the artist formerly known as remains a real mystery. The book is by the accomplished music journalist Mick Wall, and while it presents some facts, anecdotes and chronology about Prince’s life, there are many aspects that are glossed over or omitted from…

DVD REVIEW: EXPRESSO BONGO

  In a period when the term “teenager” was only recently coined, there were films that were designed and marketed towards the “youth” of the day. A film with one of the silliest titles in history, Expresso Bongo was one such film. Like the Elvis Presley movies of the time, it was really just a vehicle…

LIVE REVIEW: JIMMY BARNES @ ENMORE THEATRE SYDNEY (27.08.2016)

  We all know Jimmy Barnes is the quintessential working class man and he will also be known as the “Working Class Boy” when his autobiography is realised. But after his recent Soul Searchin’ tour culminated in a stellar, sold-out show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney he should also add “Soul Man” to his…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS – MIDNIGHT AT THE PLUTONIUM

  The John Steel Singers are no strangers to producing bright, poppy sounds. But on their third studio album, Midnight at the Plutonium their venue of choice is a disco in the seventies and a soundtrack punctuated by smooth basslines, sweet melodies and hypnotic synths. Single, “Weekend Lover” boasts local champions Donny Benet on keys…