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The Long and Winding Way to the Top : Fifty (or so) songs that made Australia - Andrew P Street

The Long and Winding Way to the Top

Fifty (or so) songs that made Australia

Paperback Published: 22nd November 2017
ISBN: 9781760293727
Number Of Pages: 336

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'Andrew tells us things about the songs that we might not know and things about the songs that no one should ever know. He does it with intelligence and humour, not to mention an acid wit.' - Jimmy Barnes

Which band is Australia's premier act for drunk men to hug to? Which dance floor smash owes its existence to an elderly Canadian stand-up team? How does housing affordability threaten Australian rock? Which surprising artist is technically Australia's arguably-more-successful Beatle? Which of our alternative national anthems were written by Americans? What ultra-Australian song cut 'Vegemite' from its lyrics for being too on the nose? And most importantly, what's with all the bagpipes?

Andrew P Street-writer, critic and obsessive Australian music weirdo-tries to answer these and many, many, many other questions you never thought to waste time asking in this history of Australia in 50 songs (or so). Deeply cheeky, unashamedly nostalgic and endlessly enthusiastic, this is a dive into our national playlist from the birth of rock'n'roll to the reign of Australian hip hop and just about everything in between.

'Andrew P Street book is a pithy, funny and accurate look at 50 famous Australian songs and quite frankly any lover of Aussie music would be sorely amiss if he did not take a good squiz at this book with Street's interesting and often irreverent stories of how each of these songs came to be.' - Steve Kilbey, The Church

'Andrew P Street is a ridiculously infectious writer. His tone can be sharp and impertinent and he can be quirky but in the end he is authentic, original and writes his astute observations with beautiful clarity.' - Lindy Morrison, the Go-Betweens

'Humour, candour and big heartedness in music writing? Blow me down. You've always been a good 'un Street. Walk on.' - Tim Rogers, You Am I

About the Author

Andrew P Street is the author of The Short and Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign of Captain Abbott and The Curious Story of Malcolm Turnbull, the Incredible Shrinking Man in the Top Hat. But before he ventured into political commentary he was a music journalist. He's been published internationally in NME, Rolling Stone, Time Out, GQ, the Guardian, and Virgin's Voyeur in-flight magazine. Locally he's appeared in pretty much every masthead with a freelance budget, from the Sydney Morning Herald to Elle, the Big Issue and Australian Guitar. He also played in an Adelaide band (or two), The Undecided and Career Girls.

An Australian music journey


Aside from not having a clue what the last few songs were I really enjoyed this. Was very interesting to find out the history of some of these songs, was well written and humorous. You also get the added bonus of debating with yourself about which songs you would have deleted or added or replaced with a different song by the artist/band. I imagine itunes probably loves books like this because I found myself saying "why don't I have this on my ipod?" more than once and noting down song titles to buy later

Sydney, NSW



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ISBN: 9781760293727
ISBN-10: 1760293725
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 22nd November 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43

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