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Off the Record

Edited by Sean Sennett & Simon Groth

The ultimate music fan’s bible packed with insight into the world of rock and roll.

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Established in 1979, Time Off was the first free music/ entertainment weekly in Australia. Here are some of the best interviews and articles from the magazine’s first thirty years – from bands on the cusp of greatness to megastars at the height of their powers.

Far from regurgitating industry marketing copy, Time Off had a fiercely independent and wry voice. Off the Record reflects this, offering a unique insight into recent music history: Powderfinger return from their first-ever Sydney shows, Nick Cave name-checks his literary heroes, and Neil Finn worries that Crowded House’s new album might be a little too dark, while elsewhere Kurt Cobain dives into Dave Grohl’s drum kit (and sprains his wrist in the process). Australian bands, from the Saints to the Grates and the Hilltop Hoods, are featured, but the international focus is strong too, from the Rolling Stones and Sonic Youth to Oasis and the White Stripes.

Off the Record is the must-have indie book about all things music.