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Smart, funny, and often controversial, this entertaining look at Australia’s top bands confronts such topics as What went wrong with Silverchair? Why is Missy Higgins so well-loved? and Are Delta Goodrem concerts safe? Written by one of Australia's leading music critics, the book is aimed at older music fans who want a hipness infusion as well as younger fans who think they know everything. Neither encyclopedic nor heavy-handed, the discussion mixes together everyone from rock stars and pop princesses to artists and frauds, and there is no boring summing up. Instead there is a discussion of which artists matter right now and which ones are the victims of their own conventionality, followed by musings on the past, present, and possible future of the Australia music scene.


Craig Mathieson is the author of Hi-Fi Days and The Sell-In, and he writes about music for the Age, Rolling Stone, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is also a former editor of Juice and Max magazines and spent six years as the film critic for the Bulletin.