A Celebration of the Greatest Decade in Australian Music: 1990-1999 by Jane Gazzo and Andrew P Street
The decade was turning and we could sniff the winds of change. It wasn’t a great smell if you were standing anywhere towards the back of the Hopetoun. — Wayne Connolly
The ’90s was a magical time for Australian music. Record labels had money to spend, the Big Day Out and Triple J went national and suddenly everyone was getting a 3-piece together and gigging in the inner-city pubs of their town.
Sound as Ever is a celebration and a documentation of this fertile period with never- before-seen photos and archives from the time and never before told stories about the songs, bands, festivals and break-ups from the artists and industry folk who were there.
The book features contributions from Tim Rogers (You Am I), Adalita (Magic Dirt), Angie Hart (Frente), David McCormack (Custard), Kram (Spiderbait), Richie Lewis (Tumbleweed), Ray Ahn (Hard-Ons), Suzie Higgie (Falling Joys) plus many more as well as details behind some of the biggest indie hits of the decade, Sound as Ever is a must-have for every Australian music fan.
Sound As Ever is named after the eponymous Facebook Group co-founded by Jane Gazzo that is a very dynamic space with over 18,000 members.
Jane Gazzo is a music journalist, broadcaster, author and self-confessed music hoarder. She began her radio career on 3RRR-FM in the early ’90s. Since then, she has presented nationally on Triple J and MMM as well as XFM London, Capital FM London and BBC Radio 6 in the UK and has hosted music television shows such as The Sound and Recovery on ABC TV. She once worked for Courtney Love as her PA, whereby she lasted two weeks. She has never worked as a PA since. Jane is co-founder of the Sound as Ever Facebook group — a place which celebrates and documents Australian music from the ’90s. Her first book was John Farnham: The Untold Story, and this is her second.
Andrew P Street is a journalist, columnist, broadcaster, occasional DJ, author of three books, and failed indie rock superstar. He spent the ’90s and ’00s in the Undecided and Career Girls while falling into editorial roles at dB Magazine, The Drum Media and Time Out Sydney, and has written for Rolling Stone, NME, Australian Guitar, Blunt, the Guardian, the Australian, and pretty much every other physical and online publication with a freelance budget. He still wishes he said something far more clever to David Bowie the one time he met him. His previous books include: The Long and Winding Way to the Top: Fifty (or so) songs that made Australia.
Australian music sounds like freedom. Freedom to create and express in any way we want to.— Rebecca Barnard
ISBN : 9781877096211
Publisher : Melbourne Books
Publication date : September 2022
Bind : Paperback, large format, 275 x 210mm portrait, colour photos throughout
Pages : 224
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