Australian politics, society & culture


Marc Hunter
Australia has produced only six true rock stars
By Robert Forster
Paul Kelly and Kevin Rudd laughing together at the launch of The March of Patriots in 2009
Contesting Paul Kelly’s ‘Triumph and Demise’
By Robert Manne
David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil brings Rolf de Heer’s ‘Charlie’s Country’ alive, but Nick Cave can’t save Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s ‘20,000 Days on Earth’
By Luke Davies
By Monthly Wire
Joe Dolce is a singer-songwriter, poet and essayist.  This is Joe's letter to Monthly editor John van Tiggelen, written just prior to the publication of 'Shaddap You Facebook' in the April 2013 issue of the magazine:     Hi John, OK – I can live with the
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Shaddap you Facebook
By Joe Dolce
Nick Cave in Copenhagen, 2010. © Gonzales Photo / Demotix
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ ‘Push the Sky Away’
By Mark Mordue
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Grace Kelly’s Gowns in Bendigo
By Catherine Ford
The Aztecs' album 'More Arse than Class', 1974. © Aztec Music
Aztec Music’s Archaelogical Dig
By Richard Guilliatt
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Andrew McMillan
By Chips Mackinolty
Hans Poulsen on a natural high, 1971.
The golden age of singer–songwriters
By Robert Forster
Carl Vine, 2011. © Keith Saunders. Image courtesy of Musica Viva.
Meeting composer Carl Vine
By Anna Goldsworthy
Shelves of rock'n'roll dreams. © Joanne Fitzgerald.
Identity in 30 albums
By Robert Forster
Sarah Blasko - ‘As Day Follows Night’, 2009
By Robert Forster
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2011. © Sam Karanikos
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s 'Rrakala'
By Robert Forster
Margaret Scott, pictured here in 1994, was a pioneer of Australian ballet and became the first director of the Australian Ballet School in 1964. Courtesy of the National Library of Australia. © Angela Lynkushka
A Chapter in the Life of a Ballet Legend, Margaret Scott
By Peter Robb