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Book Review – Recipes For A Good Time by Elvis Abrahanowicz & Ben Milgate

Book Review – Recipes For A Good Time by Elvis Abrahanowicz & Ben Milgate

| 6 November 2013 | 1 Reply

Recipes For A Good Time by Elvis Abrahanowicz & Ben Milgate Published by Murdoch Books, 1 November 2013 rrp $59.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The mutually inclusive part of the Venn Diagram where dude food, tapas, barbecue and rockabilly collide on a pinhead is the place where Sydneysiders Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate have […]

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Book review – Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman – Louder Than Hell

Book review – Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman – Louder Than Hell

| 30 September 2013 | Reply

Harper Collins Australia Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Dubbed “The definitive oral history of metal”, Louder Than Hell attempts to explain the history, appeal and influence of heavy metal music from it’s roots with The Kinks, MC5 and more. Wiederhorn and Turman break each movement in the evolution of heavy music down to it’s own […]

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Book review – Dominic Knight – Man Vs Child

Book review – Dominic Knight – Man Vs Child

| 30 September 2013 | Reply

Random House Australia Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Knight, an alumni of Australia’s Chaser satirical comedy team, has delivered a charming and at times touching novel about stand up comedian Dan McIntyre who is staunchly anti-children. Just as his personal life falls to pieces, his stand up career takes off, boosted by a burgeoning breakfast […]

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Book – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Book – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

| 9 August 2013 | Reply

Random House Books 1 August 2013, $22.95 rrp Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 George Lucas’s epic tale of good versus evil is proven to be just that – a classic in the finest tradition of the word, once translated into the iambic pentameter poetry of The Bard of Avon by Ian Doescher in this officially […]

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Book – The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood

Book – The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood

| 8 August 2013 | Reply

Canon Gate Books, rrp $27.99 August 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Jonathan Grimwood’s tale of Jean-Marie Charles d’Aumout finds the penniless, newly-orphaned child eating beetles by the side of a road, and follows his ascent through Eighteenth century French society after being sent to military academy. Eventually Jean-Marie frequents the palace of Versailles, and […]

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Book – Claire DeWitt & The Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

Book – Claire DeWitt & The Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

| 8 August 2013 | Reply

Faber/Allen & Unwin, rrp $29.99 1 August 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 In Sara Gran’s second novel featuring the wholly unique private investigator Claire DeWitt, her heroine slides down a dark spiral of the soul as she attempts to discover the murderer of her guitarist friend and former lover, Paul Casablancas. Set against the […]

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Book – How To Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T-shirts, Album Covers & Stickers by Ruthann Godollei

Book – How To Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T-shirts, Album Covers & Stickers by Ruthann Godollei

| 7 August 2013 | Reply

Capricorn Link Books Rrp $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Invaluable to any band starting out at a grass-roots level, or to anyone who fancies printing their own t-shirts or posters, artist and printer professor Ruthan Godollei explains how to do print just about anything in simple to follow steps. Covering stencilling techniques, linocuts and […]

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1001 WHISKIES YOU MUST TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – Edited by Dominic Roskrow

1001 WHISKIES YOU MUST TRY BEFORE YOU DIE – Edited by Dominic Roskrow

| 18 July 2013 | 1 Reply

Murdoch Books, rrp $39.99 Published 24 July 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 If you’re after whisky (or whiskey) porn, then you have found your holy grail in this epic tome edited by Dominic Roskrow, the editor of Whiskeria, the world’s biggest whisky magazine. Running at 960 pages and chock full of colour photos of […]

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Book review: THE CHEF by Martin Suter

Book review: THE CHEF by Martin Suter

| 28 June 2013 | 3 Replies

Published by Allen & Unwin Released 1 March 2013, rrp $27.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Martin Suter delves deep into Indian aphrodisiac in his latest novel, telling the story of Maravan, a shy Tamil man working in Switzerland in the midst of a financial crisis, and how he almost tumbles into preparing high class aphrodisiac […]

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Book review: THE SQUARE: THE COOKBOOK. Vol 2: SWEET by Philip Howard

Book review: THE SQUARE: THE COOKBOOK. Vol 2: SWEET by Philip Howard

| 28 June 2013 | 1 Reply

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 With bookstore shelves groaning under the weight of a glut of tomes by every amateur wannabe who gets fifteen minutes on the idiot box, a REAL cookbook by a REAL chef who runs a REAL restaurant is a welcome find. In Volume 2 of his culinary […]

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Book review: THE SON by Philipp Meyer

Book review: THE SON by Philipp Meyer

| 27 June 2013 | Reply

Published by Random House Australia Released: July 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust, delivers an epic tale in The Son, or rather, three tales which tell a much bigger story. The McCullough family saga starts with Eli, born in 1836, and kidnapped as a young lad by the Comanche. […]

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Book review: THE EXOTIC BOOZE CLUB by Brian Armstrong

Book review: THE EXOTIC BOOZE CLUB by Brian Armstrong

| 26 June 2013 | Reply

Published by Allen & Unwin February 2013, rrp $26.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Bendigo boy Brian Armstrong scaled the lofty heights of international documentary film making during a long tenure with National Geographic Channel in the United States. Whilst making films about camel roundups, peering into active volcanos, shielding colleagues from deadly cobras, chasing […]

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Book: ROCK n’ ROLL MYTHS – By Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz

Book: ROCK n’ ROLL MYTHS – By Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz

| 20 June 2013 | Reply

Published by Voyageur Press/Capricorn Link Released 2012 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Never a day goes past that the die hard rockers amongst us don’t ponder one of the many myths of rock n’ roll’s hinterland. Did Led Zeppelin sign a deal with the devil? Did Alice Cooper commit fowl play? How did Gram Parson’s […]

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Book: Lulu Bell & the Birthday Unicorn/ & the Fairy Penguin, by Belinda Murrell

Book: Lulu Bell & the Birthday Unicorn/ & the Fairy Penguin, by Belinda Murrell

| 20 June 2013 | Reply

Published by Random House Australia May 2013 Reviewed by Tia and Shane Pinnegar 9/10                             Belinda Murrell grew up in a vet hospital, and after a career in journalism and technical writing she turned her adept hand to fantasy (The Sun Sword […]

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ROD: The Autobiography – by Rod Stewart

ROD: The Autobiography – by Rod Stewart

| 20 June 2013 | Reply

Published by Random House Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Rod The Mod shows that even though his music has mellowed over the decades, he is still a cheeky larrikin, and he delivers a bloody entertaining and likeable read in ROD. Rod proves quite the storyteller, crafting a book that reads much like he’s telling you […]

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Book: FULL SERVICE – by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Fredericks

Book: FULL SERVICE – by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Fredericks

| 20 June 2013 | Reply

Publisher: Grove Press Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 “Although I am not a shy man,” writes Scotty Bowers in the preface to Full Service, “I have always been reticent to reveal details about what I have done.” That reticence is well and truly in the past, and he makes up for it by spilling the […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND – WHO I AM

PETE TOWNSHEND – WHO I AM

| 7 June 2013 | Reply

Published by Harper Collins Released: Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Starting strongly, Townshend draws the reader into his story with the skill of a novelist and storyteller – hardly surprising from the mastermind behind Tommy and Quadrophenia, who also spent many years as author/editor/publisher at Faber & Faber in the U.K. Soon enough though, he […]

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FADE TO BLACK – Hard Rock Cover Art Of The Vinyl Age, by Martin Popoff with Ioannis

FADE TO BLACK – Hard Rock Cover Art Of The Vinyl Age, by Martin Popoff with Ioannis

| 30 May 2013 | Reply

Capricorn Link Books Published January 2013 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Once upon a time, brothers & sisters, teenagers spent their time scouring record stores for 12 inch slabs of black vinyl containing grooves of some of the most mind blowing, hormone-accelerating music ever made. It was the 60’s, the 70’s and – for this […]

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Book – Prince by Matt Thorne

Book – Prince by Matt Thorne

| 2 March 2013 | Reply

Publisher: Faber & Faber Released: October 2012 Reviewed by Shayne McGowan 5/10 I am a big fan of a good biography.  There has been so many that have been great lately, with Duff McKagan, Dave Mustaine and Steven Tyler being the picks of the bunch for me.  The thing that those three books have in […]

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BOOK – The Storyteller’s Daughter by Maria Goodin

BOOK – The Storyteller’s Daughter by Maria Goodin

| 2 February 2013 | Reply

Published by Allen & Unwin Published November 2012 Rrp: AUD$27.99 Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar The stories that our heroine was told throughout childhood about her birth, infancy, and general upbringing can be taken as quaint and sweet when you first come across them in this tale. You may even be thinking ‘what a novel way […]

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