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"Uncle Bob" McGowan: a Life in Music

In his life and in his music -- most memorably as a member of Sydney bands The Original Battersea Heroes, later The Heroes, [1967-1973], then the band for which he is best known, Uncle Bob's Band [1973-77], followed by a brief foray with The Works [1978-79] -- Bob McGowan instinctively shunned the artificial and reveled in the real.

Why Camp Dogs matter - introducing the NT's new Animal Protection Act

Why Camp Dogs matter - introducing the NT's new Animal Protection Act

"Lupo was a very large bull mastiff looking dog that was white, except when as kids one time decided to dye him blue or purple with gentian violet ... Maybe he was the Boundless Possible dog": Scott McConnell MLA

Fecund - Fertile Worlds - a curator's review by Koulla Roussos

Fecund - Fertile Worlds - a curator's review by Koulla Roussos

Fecund—Fertile Worlds is the first in Artback NT’s Spark NT Curator Program, initiated to foster art critical and curatorial practice within the NT and to provide NT artists with opportunities to showcase their work within curated touring exhibitions.

Bob on Bob. Bob Dylan in Sydney and Newcastle, August 2018. A review by Robert Adamson

Bob on Bob. Bob Dylan in Sydney and Newcastle, August 2018. A review by Robert Adamson

We were connected now, plugged into Dylan’s electric freedom and his voice rode with a rough edge over the tight music. ‘Concert’ was not quite the word for this performance, as words cracked in the air, I was aware I liked it more than any ‘singing’ I have heard before. When Dylan sang Pay in Blood (But not My Own) his voice sounded ancient, harsh and merciless.

What is it with these stupid acronyms?

What is it with these stupid acronyms?

It was only then they saw what the initialism spelt out, that they realised they couldn’t call the new seat of higher learning the “College of the University of the Northern Territory”.

Chris Wilson - the “Gentleman of Australian Blues” needs you

Chris Wilson - the “Gentleman of Australian Blues” needs you

I’ve been thinking about Chris Wilson a lot since I learned of his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. It’s very sad I probably won’t hear him play again, won’t get to watch him own a stage and destroy a room again. But I’ve been so very lucky to have these memories and many others to carry with me as fuel: Jeff Lang

Aretha and me. Jane Clifton on losing your nerve and finding your own voice

Aretha and me. Jane Clifton on losing your nerve and finding your own voice

Aretha made me go looking for my own voice, whatever that was, no matter how white, how weedy, and I thank her for that and for so much more.

Art in translation: Murray Garde and John Mawurndjul

Art in translation: Murray Garde and John Mawurndjul

One of the most troublesome subjects for interpreters who work with Australian languages is finding acceptable ways to refer to the concept of a sacred site. In Kuninjku, these are known as Djang. In central Australia, the term Tjukurrpa is becoming more well known by non-Indigenous people. These terms involve more than just a location, but also ideas about deep history, the period of creation and the association between specific groups of people and totemic aspects which have their historical focus in these places. The term ‘Dreaming’ is so inadequate and misleading and so many Indigenous people are starting to reject this term, although others continue to use it.

Jo Best on the public realm, an energy ponzi scheme and resilience at Resilient Darwin

Jo Best on the public realm, an energy ponzi scheme and resilience at Resilient Darwin

Cultural recognition & sensitivity, jobs, affordable housing (including during occupation), tourism opportunities, environmental protection, identity, community, and the much touted “liveable city”. We live in a town that is being moulded by traffic engineers instead of strategic thinkers like urban designers, demographers and economists.

Mark Basil Butler - A Life in Books. Book 8: My Family and Other Animus, by James Jeffrey

Mark Basil Butler - A Life in Books. Book 8: My Family and Other Animus, by James Jeffrey

For James Jeffrey, it is not about the politics, but the people, which is probably why he has managed to survive for so long in the toxic political environment at the Oz, stuffed as it is with Liberal Party operatives and conservative thinkers (forgive the oxymoron). He is genuinely (not, unlike many News Corpse writers, unintentionally) funny. Deeply funny. The kind of funny that leaves you in tears, but not always tears of laughter.