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Category: Book Reviews

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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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BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be, by Mick Wall

BOOK REVIEW: AC/DC – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be, by Mick Wall

| 28 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Orion Books, November 2012 Rrp AUD$32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 You can always count on a Mick Wall article or book being fuelled by his legendary meticulous research and insider knowledge.  AC/DC – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be is no exception – delving deep into the beating heart of a […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Copendium – An Expedition Into The Rock n’ Roll Underworld, by Julian Cope

BOOK REVIEW – Copendium – An Expedition Into The Rock n’ Roll Underworld, by Julian Cope

| 28 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Faber and Faber, December 2012 Rrp AUD$59.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Julian Cope – solo artist and former leader of The Teardrop Explodes, author, loon and music obsessive – has compiled over a decade’s worth of reviews from his Head Heritage website Album Of The Month feature. Well, he calls them reviews […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Trampled Underfoot – The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin, by Barney Hoskyns

BOOK REVIEW – Trampled Underfoot – The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin, by Barney Hoskyns

| 28 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Faber and Faber, 1 October 2012 Rrp AUD$32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Interviewing almost 200 of the main players in the epic saga of Led Zeppelin, Barney Hoskyns has assembled a mostly impressive, thorough, and insightful ‘oral history’ of this most ground breaking of bands. Apart from a few intro paragraphs to […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Funniest Sporting Moments, by David Boon

BOOK REVIEW – Funniest Sporting Moments, by David Boon

| 28 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Allen & Unwin, 21 November 2012 Rrp AUD$19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Aussie cricket legend and famed larrikin Boony delivers a collection of his funniest sporting mishaps and moments in this witty and amusing almanac. Featuring quotes from soccer, baseball, football, rugby, golf and cricket as well as some miscellaneous gems, and […]

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BECK – Song Reader

BECK – Song Reader

| 12 December 2012 | Reply

Book/Album Published by Faber & Faber Released 11 December 2012 rrp AUD$35 hardcover Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 Beck Hansen has forged a career in defiance of the inherent limitations of the music industry by transcending genres, niches and stereotypes, amassing a body of work which is as diverse as it is brilliant, with little […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Makeup To Breakup by Peter Criss with Larry Sloman

BOOK REVIEW – Makeup To Breakup by Peter Criss with Larry Sloman

| 5 December 2012 | Reply

Published by Harper Collins Released: November 2012 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 KISS’s legendary “Catman” promises “to deliver an unvarnished and eye-opening personal tale of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” with this bio, in collaboration with Larry “Ratso” Sloman, a veteran of similar books with Red Hot Chilli Pepper frontman Anthony Keidis and magician […]

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