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ALLEN GINSBERG – THE LAST AUSTRALIAN INTERVIEW

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allen ginsberg
The first time I set eyes on Allen Ginsberg was in the basement of the City Lights bookshop in San Francisco in the early 1980s when I was on tour with the Hoodoo Gurus. I thought of saying hello but figured he must get tired of that so in the same way that Jim Carroll used to follow Frank...

AN AUDIENCE WITH LARRY FLYNT

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Larry Flynt with porn stars
Towards the close of 1996 I was in Los Angeles at the end of a long trip which had started with a Bruce Springsteen show and interview in Philadelphia. Towards the end I spent one of the most surreal days of my life - breakfast with Iggy Pop at the Chateau Marmont, lunch with Neil Diamond at his studio,...

MR TIM’S WONDROUS VISION

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M Sharp T Tim PIC
In the early 1980s I was lucky enough to hang out at Martin Sharp's house and interview Tiny Tim for RAM magazine. This is the piece, exactly as it appeared at the time. Debbie Baer and I did the interview, I wrote it up and editor Anthony O'Grady added his touches later.    "I knew Jimmy Morrison and Lenny Bruce very...

1981 – IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD YEAR.

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For all of the 1980s I wrote a weekly music column for the Sun Herald, then the biggest selling newspaper in the country. They gave me crazy freedom to write about whatever I liked. This was my first column for 1982 and a summation of the previous year. It reflects newspaper journalism of the time - short pars that...

1981 – IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD YEAR

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1981 it was a pretty good year
For all of the 1980s I wrote a weekly music column for the Sun Herald, then the biggest selling newspaper in the country. They gave me crazy freedom to write about whatever I liked. This was my first column for 1982 and a summation of the previous year. It reflects newspaper journalism of the time - short pars that...

KEEPING OUT OF TROUBLE IN WASHINGTON WITH GEORGE PELECANOS

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In the early part of 2001 I took the bus from New York City to Washington to talk with George Pelecanos. This piece subsequently appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. Even though Pelecanos has written maybe a dozen books since then and played a major role working on TV shows like The Wire and Treme I've Ieft this as...

HANGING WITH HARRY DEAN STANTON

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Harry Dean Staanton
Back in 1990 I was the co-promoter of Harry Dean Stanton's only Australian tour. This is a piece I wrote for Follow Me magazine in September of that year. I haven't attempted to update or change it as on a re-reading I think it stands up as a capsule of that time. "There were no people around. Just us and...

RUMINATIONS AFTER SEEING TELEVISION AT THE ENMORE THEATRE OCTOBER 30, 2013.

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RUMINATIONS AFTER SEEING TELEVISION AT THE ENMORE THEATRE OCTOBER 30, 2013. After realising I wasn't cut out to be an English, Speech & Drama teacher I left Launceston in the mid 1970s for Adelaide to pretend to study at Flinders University, considered then to be the most radical university in the country. Initially I lived in the suburb of Collinswood...