Robert Forster

Robert Forster
Robert Forster is a singer-songwriter and co-founder of The Go-Betweens. His collection of music criticism, The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, was published in 2009.

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Ellen Willis c. 1970Image from Out of the Vinyl Deeps, courtesy of Nona Willis Aronowitz.

Ellen Willis’s ‘Out of the Vinyl Deeps’


The critic’s collected essays offer a distinctly New York perspective

© Josh Heath

Songs’ ‘Malabar’ review

Rock music

Twin peaks

© Jimmy King

Falling Back to Earth

Pop music

David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’

Michael Peterson in ‘Morning of the Earth’, February 1971. © Albert Falzon


Memories of a surfing legend

The freewheelin' Alex Gow. Image supplied.

Slurring and Purring

Rock music

Oh Mercy’s 'Deep Heat'

Once again, without emotion: Bret and Jemaine on tour earlier this year. © Tracey Nearmy/AAP

I Told You I Was Freaky


Flight of the Conchords

The Vice of a Nation

Pop music

'The Voice'

Wave of Song

Jane Birkin’s world tour, 'Jane Birkin Sings Serge Gainsbourg'

The Dirty Three on stage at Fowler's Bar in Adelaide, 2010. © Ben Searcy

Thirty Words


The Dirty Three’s 'Toward the Low Sun'