Category Archives: Art, music, letters

Bin Laden

■ Lisa Wilkinson’s tell-all memoir hits the Kmart bargain bins with prices drastically slashed. ■ Doctor Dud: Jill Biden Biography Sells Just 250 Copies in First Week.

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How good are doggos?

Simpatico: Working dog whistling demonstration stuns crowd at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.

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An Enormous Amount of Artists

Who won’t finance a bid: Hill End artist cottages out to tender, prompting panic in art community. Mr Sciberras says he has fielded “hundreds of desperate comments” in response to the news. “There is an enormous amount of artists of … Continue reading

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‘Hello Americans. We want to thank you for all your sanctions.’

You’ll have to concentrate on what Natasha from #Russia is saying – which isn’t easy to do. 🙂

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Don Squixote

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Wanted: Female Plonkers and Brown Mediocrities

Today, if you are a white male artist, you are not so interesting. It doesn’t mean to say you’re not a great artist – I think it’s more that this isn’t what is ­relevant for people now. You have to … Continue reading

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When Halls of Fame Run Out of Fame

The first thing to say about The Complete List of 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees is that at least a third of them are not rock & rollers. Dolly Parton? Dionne Warwick? Lionel Richie? One other name … Continue reading

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$100,000 culturally appropriated

Let me guess; it’s searing: A memoir of abuse and racism wins Australia’s richest writing prize.

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A song more 1970s than the Leyland P76

IN 1974 she became the first Australian recording artist to sell more than one million singles in the US market. (A million and a half, actually). South Australian Sister of Mercy, Sr Janet Mead, made “The Lord’s Prayer” a rock … Continue reading

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On Australia’s Pseudo-Herodotus

An excellent book review by historian’s historian, Ross Fitzgerald: The Eclipse of Manning Clark.

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Needle And The Damage Done

Neil Young demands his music be removed from Spotify over “fake information about vaccines”.

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It was a dark and Stormy Daniels night…

Michael Avenatti says guards only let him read Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ in Manhattan federal jail.

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I’ll take the inflation if we can get back the spirit of the time

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Inflation Hit 7 per cent in December, Fastest Pace Since 1982. The Billboard Hot 100 for 1982 is rich pickings. What a rocking year for music. I’ve chosen the Go-Gos’ smash hit because it evokes wonderfully … Continue reading

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Santa Gets It

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An Early Love

I remember seeing Linda Ronstadt for the first time on an album cover when I was a teenager and thinking, wow, she’s cuter than any button could hope to be. (Recollection told virtuously). I wasn’t aware then that not only … Continue reading

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Invoices For

WRITERS Joanna Murray-Smith and Ben Eltham have a Rodney Dangerfield-themed complaint today in the Sydney Morning Herald on how little Australian leaders – with the exception of Paul Keating – value the arts. As the entirely privately funded Dangerfield might … Continue reading

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This was the Western world’s attitude not so very long ago

I understand why Breitbart ridicules the artistic and cultural decrees of Xi Jinping as tyrannical… Oblivious to the ugly authoritarianism inherent in unelected leaders with multiple executive titles handing down marching orders to conclaves of State- directed “artistic” institutions, the … Continue reading

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You’ve heard performers talk about working a tough room

They don’t come much tougher than Sing Sing prison in 1972. The King of The Blues was told the inmates weren’t familiar with the genre but he and Lucille crescendo the assembly into a frenzy of belief in a few … Continue reading

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