This week, we have three copies to be won of Roadies: The Secret History of Australian Rock ‘n' Roll by Stuart Coupe – an author, music commentator, publicist and radio broadcaster who has been involved with music all his life. Amongst the books Coupe has written, edited or collaborated on are The New Music (1980), The New Rock ‘n' Roll (1983), The Promoters (2003), Gudinski (2015) and Tex (2017).
Roadies are the unsung heroes of the Australian music industry. They unload the PAs and equipment, they set it all up, they make sure everything is running smoothly before, during and after the gigs.
But they also know everything about the pre-and post-show excesses. They bear witness to overdoses, the groupies and the obsessive fans. They are part of – and often organise – all the craziness that goes on behind the scenes of the concerts and pub gigs you go to.
This is your backstage pass to the hidden side of the music industry – the tantrums, the fights, the tensions, the indulgence, the sex, the alcohol, the drugs. From The Rolling Stones to AC/DC, Bob Marley to Courtney Love, Sherbet to The Ted Mulry Gang, INXS to Blondie – the roadies have seen it all. And now they're stepping onto the stage and talking.
We have three copies of Roadies: The Secret History of Australian Rock ‘n' Roll to give away. To win one, simply tell us which artist/band YOU would want to be a roadie for, and why (in 25 words or fewer). The three entries we like best will win!
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Entries close midday Monday 26 November 2018, Sydney/Melbourne time.
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR ENTRIES. THE WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED BY EMAIL AND ANNOUNCED IN OUR NEWSLETTER.