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Book Review – “Lola Bensky” by Lily Brett

Book Review – “Lola Bensky” by Lily Brett

| 12 November 2012 | Reply

Published by Penguin Books rrp AUD$29.99 Reviewed by Dani DeVille 7/10 In 1967, Lola Bensky is a nineteen year-old, overweight, Jewish journalist, working for Australia’s biggest music magazine, “Rock Out”.  When Lola isn’t interviewing famous rock stars, she spends her time planning increasingly bizarre diets, ironing her hair, wondering whether Cher will ever give back […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Treasures of AC/DC by Jerry Ewing

BOOK REVIEW: Treasures of AC/DC by Jerry Ewing

| 1 November 2012 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Treasures of AC/DC by Jerry Ewing Allen & Unwin November 2012 $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Jerry Ewing has assembled a potted history of Australia’s favourite rock band, complete with a miscellany of inserts and enclosures replicating tour and album posters, festival programmes, ticket stubs and press releases – even an AC/DC […]

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BOOK – MICK – The Wild Life & Mad Genius Of Mick Jagger – by Christopher Anderson

BOOK – MICK – The Wild Life & Mad Genius Of Mick Jagger – by Christopher Anderson

| 1 November 2012 | Reply

The Robson Press through NewSouth Books Released: August 2012 Rrp: AUD$34.99  NZ$44.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Christopher Anderson starts his treatise on the life and times of rock n’ roll’s greatest living frontman with the tale of the day Jagger was made a knight of the realm by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.  Painting […]

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Book review – What In God’s Name by Simon Rich

Book review – What In God’s Name by Simon Rich

| 3 October 2012 | Reply

Published by: Profile Books, through Allen & Unwin, rrp $27.99 Released: September 2012 Reviewed by Dani DeVille God is the CEO of Heaven Inc, a vast corporation in the clouds comprising every department imaginable from Peacock Production to Gravity Control.  Having become disillusioned with mankind, his once favourite creation, God now spends the majority of […]

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BOOK REVIEW – THE STORY OF ENGLISH IN 100 WORDS by David Crystal

BOOK REVIEW – THE STORY OF ENGLISH IN 100 WORDS by David Crystal

| 27 September 2012 | Reply

Published by: Profile Books (through Allen & Unwin), rrp $22.99 Released:  1 September 2012 Review by Shane Pinnegar The very learned David Crystal tells the story of our mixed up, multicultural, ever-evolving, living language by citing no less than one hundred examples – all different – of how words entered our language. From Roe – […]

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Book review: UNHOLY NIGHT by Seth Grahame-Smith

Book review: UNHOLY NIGHT by Seth Grahame-Smith

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

UNHOLY NIGHT Seth Grahame-Smith Allen & Unwin, 2012 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar An historical novel by the man who brought you “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, recently made into a Hollywood blockbuster, not to mention being co-creator and head writer of the TV series “The Hard Times Of R J […]

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Book review: IRON MAN by TONY IOMMI

Book review: IRON MAN by TONY IOMMI

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

IRON MAN TONY IOMMI (As told to TJ Lammers) Simon & Schuster UK 7.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar The Master Of The Riff tells his “journey through heaven and hell with Black Sabbath” to TJ Lammers and as expected it’s a drug and metal filled roller coaster ride. Decadent stories abound, all told with a sharp, […]

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Book review: RS50 by Jagger, Richards, Watts & Wood

Book review: RS50 by Jagger, Richards, Watts & Wood

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

  The Rolling Stones 50 Jagger, Richards, Watts & Wood Thames & Hudson, $49.95 9.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar As a celebration of the half century reign of “The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World”, this lavish coffee table book curated by the four remaining members of the Rolling Stones is an amazing document […]

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Book review: The True Adventures Of The Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth

Book review: The True Adventures Of The Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth

| 3 September 2012 | 1 Reply

The True Adventures Of The Rolling Stones Stanley Booth Canongate Books 10/10 By Shane Pinnegar In 1969 The Rolling Stones were bravely going where literally NO ONE had gone before them. The music industry had grown exponentially, and their organisation was struggling to keep up, still scheduling concerts in college gym halls. Their naivette hadn’t […]

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Book review: STAGE FRIGHT by Marianne Delacourt

Book review: STAGE FRIGHT by Marianne Delacourt

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

STAGE FRIGHT Marianne Delacourt Allen & Unwin, September 2012, $19.99 6.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar I bet there’s not many out there who would have wagered on this reviewer getting through a chick lit novel about a rapper – much less actually enjoying it! Before you start thinking I have gone soft, the case for the […]

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Book review: SLIM – An Australian Biker’s Tale Of Sex, Drugs, Cops & Violence by Slim Spires

Book review: SLIM – An Australian Biker’s Tale Of Sex, Drugs, Cops & Violence by Slim Spires

| 3 September 2012 | 1 Reply

SLIM – An Australian Biker’s Tale Of Sex, Drugs, Cops & Violence Slim Spires Allen & Unwin, 26 March 2012, rrp $27.99 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar Slim Spires is a character – and a dangerous one at that. In this memoir he regales readers with takes of his life led less ordinary – as a […]

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Book review: RED by SAMMY HAGAR

Book review: RED by SAMMY HAGAR

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

RED SAMMY HAGAR It Books (Harper Collins), 2011 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar Sammy Hagar should need no introduction to most rock and metal fans. His first ever album, recorded with Montrose in 1973, through a slew of solo albums, a high profile stint with Van Halen, and on to more solo work, albums and tours […]

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Book review: METALLIC DREAMS by Mark Rice

Book review: METALLIC DREAMS by Mark Rice

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

METALLIC DREAMS Mark Rice Lulu Press, 2010 7.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar Heavy Metal novels are few and far between – and this may well be the only Heavy Metal novel ever to have the main character talk to “The Metal Gods”, be chased by The Devil (no, really!), edge down the road to insanity, and […]

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Book review: HERE COMES EVERYBODY – THE STORY OF THE POGUES by James Fearnley

Book review: HERE COMES EVERYBODY – THE STORY OF THE POGUES by James Fearnley

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

HERE COMES EVERYBODY – THE STORY OF THE POGUES James Fearnley Faber & Faber 7.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar James Fearnley met Shane McGowan in 1980, and soon thereafter started playing guitar in his punk band The Nips. Experiencing McGowan’s volatility from the very start, what followed was an 11 year ride through the formation of […]

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Book review: FREDDIE MERCURY – THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Lesley-Ann Jones

Book review: FREDDIE MERCURY – THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Lesley-Ann Jones

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

FREDDIE MERCURY – THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY Lesley-Ann Jones Hodder & Stoughton, 2011 RRP $32.99 6/10 By Shane Pinnegar Lesley-Ann Jones made her name as a Daily Mirror journalist, befriending Freddie Mercury along the way. She brings her tabloid journo skills to this intimate biography of Queen’s flamboyant larger-than-life frontman, and true to tabloid form, there […]

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Book review: IT’S SO EASY (And Other Lies) by DUFF McKAGAN

Book review: IT’S SO EASY (And Other Lies) by DUFF McKAGAN

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

IT’S SO EASY (And Other Lies) DUFF McKAGAN 8/10 By Shane Pinnegar McKagan is as changed a man as anyone could be after being an integral part of the excesses and madness of the Guns n’ F’n Roses circus of their heyday – why, in the introduction to this guts-spilling volume of memoirs, he agonises […]

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Book review: ANGRY, Scarred For Life by Karen Dewey

Book review: ANGRY, Scarred For Life by Karen Dewey

| 3 September 2012 | 1 Reply

ANGRY – SCARRED FOR LIFE Karen Dewey, 1994 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar Angry Anderson defied an abusive upbringing to rise to fame as frontman of seminal Aussie pub rock icons ROSE TATTOO. Along the way he did the drink and drugs, he did the ladies, and he lived it as hard, rough and raw as […]

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Book review: 40 Years Of Queen – by Harry Doherty

Book review: 40 Years Of Queen – by Harry Doherty

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

40 YEARS OF QUEEN Harry Doherty Allen & Unwin, 2011 Rrp $49.99 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 As lavish a pictorial memoir of the band as even the most ardent obsessive could hope for, 40 YEARS OF QUEEN is chock full of photographs of the band in action, in portrait, backstage and in the studio – […]

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