Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford
Anwen Crawford is The Monthly’s music critic. Her new book is No Document.

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Jane Austen as reviewed by men on Goodreads

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The strange thing about ‘Stranger Things’


On the show’s exhaustive and exhausting nostalgia

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Happy trails: Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’


The gay country-rapper exposes the complex play of identity, algorithms and capitalism

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Meritocracy rules in ‘Booksmart’


Those who work hard learn to play hard in Olivia Wilde’s high-school comedy

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All veils and misty: Richard Lowenstein’s ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’


The insider documentary that wipes clear the myths obscuring the INXS singer

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An obscure celebration of ‘Disintegration’


The Cure at the Sydney Opera House, Vivid LIVE, May 27, 2019

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Seoul trained: K-pop and Blackpink


Trying to find meaning in the carefully formulated culture of K-pop

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Starstruck: Reckoning with Michael Jackson’s legacy


What do we do with the music after ‘Leaving Neverland’?

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The Monthly music wrap: March 2019


Koffee’s debut EP brings a jolt of youthful energy, and new releases from local projects with global sensibilities