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PATRONS ONLY - CAN'T GET THIS STUFF NO MORE

Classic, 1978 vintage Van Halen never really blew up out here in the Antipodes.

Sure, the band’s legend is now cast in solid platinum, but I’d imagine that, back in double-denim triple-bourbon late-70s Straya, these flashy Californian wunderkinds would have presented as a musical bridge too far for the sticky carpet blooded, Acca Dacca indoctrinated rabble.

PATRONS ONLY - ATTACK BOOKS!

Attack! Books were doing the rounds at the turn of the millennium, back when I was wearing highly flammable clothes and poncing about living in my dad's back shed larging it up like an emo Hugh Hefner.

I discovered the imprint in early 2018, just around the time I was getting serious about putting Home Brewed together.

The books looked just the ticket, in theory.

PATRONS ONLY - FARGO ROCK CITY

Imagine, if you will, growing up in isolated, pre-internet far western NSW.

So isolated that the closest capital city, 500ks away, is Adelaide, and not the actual capital delineated by that future spear-cushion fuckwit James Cook back in 1770.

That's Sydney, for the record, which is a lazy 1200ks east of Broken Hill, which, of course, I am talking about, because you're lovely and know me well.

PATRONS ONLY - COLLATERAL DAMAGE

I picked up my copy of Collateral Damage: The Zodiac Mindwarp American Tour Diaries from the late, lamented Polyester Books on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in 2004.

Ever the savvy economic manager, I dropped ten percent of the 500 bucks I’d earned (at roughly $7.50 an hour) making my mates Neon’s debut clip for a major label on this and Fucked By Rock.

TONY MARTIN’S DEADLY KERFUFFLE

CAST your mind back to 2006.

The Australian twenty four hour news cycle was in its infancy - scuttlebutt, innuendo, hearsay, grossly ill-informed speculation and flat out bullshit travelled at much slower speeds.

It was a gentler, simpler time of Blackberrys, Sky News and anti-terror fridge magnets.

BENJAMIN LAW'S MORAL PANIC 101

AS I prepare this review, the Coalition government’s same-sex marriage postal survey is entering its second week.

The Australian Christian Lobby, led by Lyle Shelton, is presently staging a ‘no’ campaign launch in Adelaide, the City of Churches.

RUSSELL BRAND'S RECOVERY: FREEDOM FROM OUR ADDICTIONS

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions is Brand’s fourth book. The author’s first two efforts were autobiographies exploring his childhood and ascent to fame. Both were florid, charmingly written insights into the pathologies behind Brand’s self-destructive lusts. His third book, REVOLution, focused on political activism during the lead up to the UK’s 2015 General Election, and is further illustrative of the author’s self-admitted Messiah complex.

HELEN RAZER'S TOTAL PROPAGANDA!

EIGHT rich, old, white dudes control more wealth than the poorest 50% of people on planet Earth.

That’s a depressingly slight percentage of the vaunted 1% which benefited from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and birthed the Occupy movement.