What happened to rock’s female writers?

“Rock’s rebel women, including its writers, are rarely assumed to be geniuses; often, they are assumed to be whores,” writes Anwen Crawford in this recent commentary from The New Yorker.  In 1969, Australian-raised Lillian Roxon wrote the first rock encyclopedia.  But Crawford laments that now “books by living female rock critics (or jazz, hip-hop, and dance-music critics, for that matter)

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Rollin’ along the Blues Highway

In September and October this year, I spent some time doing the road trip of a lifetime – the Blues Highway (or Route 61) from New Orleans to Chicago. For my year in review, I have picked my top 3 moments from the Blues Highway for Soot Magazine. If you can’t get enough, I have plenty more that I am

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Why Taylor Swift gets stuck in your head

There have been various studies done on pop music and why it’s so addictive – even Shazam is using big data you create for them – yes, I love big data – to determine the next pop hit (All About That Bass singer Meghan Trainor scored on the lower end of that hit measuring scale, go figure). Taylor Swift released

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Pitching to editors advice

I recently completed a program through FReeZA/The Push as a mentor helping an aspiring journalist with all facets of the media biz. One specific query that comes up time and time again is how to pitch as a freelancer to editors of publications. As may know, I write for Rolling Stone as a freelance contributor, and my previous experience was

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Quote, unquote

It’s been a while folks, and I’m sorry for my absence and I wish it was because I’m dating a super-hot rockstar and I’ve moved to the Bahamas, but  in reality, I now live in the realm of Soot Magazine, so I’m updating over there pretty much every day, and it’s not so bad!  But it’s hard to come back

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Seven shots of Jager

Well, not quite seven. I had three Jagermeister with ginger beer and lime drinks last night at the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards (formerly the AIR Awards), which honours the independent music sector and is organised by the Australian Independent Record Labels Assocation. I was their online content producer (you can see my articles online here: www.air.org.au) and did my smoozing

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RIP Jill Meagher

Dear blogosphere, As you may or may not know, I don’t usually take to blogs or online for more serious matters or matters that I am not an expert in. Or something that has nothing to do with music or media. However, for some reason, on the occasion of the recent case of rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill

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The new kind of online media

Well, blogosphere, the time has come for a revolution. After various encounters with the Australian magazines I write for, it became clearer that Australian content was becoming harder and harder to secure, which was slowly diminishing the writing gigs I have. Then, FHM Australia folded, and as I was their main music contributor, that left me with a huge dent

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‘90s acts: Where are they now?

Ah, the 1990s: a time of Power Rangers, Push Pops and Gameboys. It’s also a decade that gave us Nirvana, and a slew of recording artists that became one-hit wonders. But there are a few whose CDs (or in some cases, cassette tapes) are discovered dislodged from behind the stereo, that make you go hmmm (sorry, C+C Music Factory, I

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