THE LONG-PLAYING RECORD IS 70 YEARS OLD

On June 21, 1948, Columbia Records held a press conference in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, to announce a new way to hear music. The long-playing record became the industry standard for the next 40 years, and is still preferred by many music lovers. The […]

CELEBRATE SUPERMAN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY WITH SONGS ABOUT SUPER-HEROES

It’s 80 years since we first met Superman. In April 1938, Action Comics #1 hit the news stands, featuring a new hero from another planet, a man equipped with super-human powers and an unerring moral compass. Superman was an instant success, spawning radio and TV […]

NEIL DIAMOND RETIRES FROM TOURING

 It wasn’t always cool to admit your liking for the music of Neil Diamond. In the early 70s, he was ultra-cool, every household had a copy of Hot August Night and a Neil Diamond show was the hottest ticket around. At other times, well, […]

TONY COHEN – A TRIBUTE TO AN AUSTRALIAN ROCK MUSIC LEGEND

Record producer and sound engineer Tony Cohen has been remembered as a national treasure, a genius, and as the brain, ears and fingers behind some of Australia’s best music. Tony died in Dandenong on August 2nd. He was 60. He made hundreds of records and […]

DOES BOB DYLAN DESERVE THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE?

I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan for as long as I can remember, through all the ups and downs of my life and his career. I’ve tuned in for the sublime and the inspirational, and yes, for the dross as well. It’s been a long […]

Meet the woman preserving Horn Island’s WW2 sites

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the Torres Strait islands many times. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and it’s full of good stories. The Strait was Australia’s northern front-line during World War Two – and those difficult times are being […]