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Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford is a Australian freelance journalist and the author of Pig City, a musical, political and social history of Brisbane, now in its third edition. In July 2007 the book was transformed into a key event as part of the Queensland Music Festival, headlined by the first performance by the original line-up of the Saints in nearly 30 years. His work appears in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Monthly and many more. He is also co-owner and founder of independent Brisbane label Pig City Records.

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AC/DC, The Easybeats: George Young should be remembered as the sonic architect of Australian rock music

Obituary by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 24 October 2017

The Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC producer wasn't just a star in his own right, but a behind-the-scenes industry giant. ...

The Apartments: album's birth so traumatic 'it's a miracle it exists at all'

Profile and Interview by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 7 August 2015

Peter Milton Walsh had no intention of releasing the songs he wrote after tragedy struck. After 18 years he is ready to share them at ...

Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher: Jen Cloher and Courtney Barnett: "We couldn't be more contrary if we tried"

Profile and Interview by Andrew Stafford, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 28 July 2017

A PIECE OF PAPER stuck to the entrance of the Coburg RSL in Melbourne reads "cash only (dark ages)". It's not much warmer inside than ...

Beck: "I think there's a misconception": Beck on Scientology

Profile and Interview by Andrew Stafford, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 22 November 2019

BECK LOOKS toasted. Under round vintage sunglasses and a broad-brimmed black hat, the cheeks of one of the most inventive, elusive artists of the last ...

The Chills: Martin Phillipps' triumph and tragedy told with extraordinary candour

Film/DVD/TV Review by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 14 June 2019

THE INDEPENDENT scene that emerged from Dunedin, New Zealand, in the early 1980s had all the strange qualities musical trainspotters around the world associate with ...

Coldplay's Chris Martin: Why Things Have Never Been Better

Profile and Interview by Andrew Stafford, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 7 December 2016

CHRIS MARTIN is up for it. Half an hour after soundcheck and a few hours before showtime at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, the Coldplay singer, flanked ...

Phil Collins: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane — life-affirming MOR ballads delivered against all odds

Live Review by Andrew Stafford, The Observer, 20 January 2019

A notable hobble and diminished vocal range don't detract from an enjoyable night of nostalgia backed by a crowd that have been waiting for this ...

Ben Folds: "I dreaded that song coming out": Ben Folds on 'Brick', William Shatner and hitting rock bottom

Interview by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 29 August 2019

In Australia with his new memoir, the 'songwriting sociopath' discusses creativity and what Shatner taught him about coolness: 'He just does not give a shit' ...

Serge Gainsbourg, Mick Harvey: Mick Harvey: Delirium Tremens

Review by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 23 June 2016

Two decades after Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants, Nick Cave's right-hand man returns to Serge Gainsbourg's oeuvre to explore even stranger corners. ...

The Go-Betweens: "It's a widely misunderstood song": How the Go-Betweens made 'Streets of Your Town'

Retrospective and Interview by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 19 September 2018

Is the winner of Guardian Australia's Songs of Brisbane poll about Brisbane? Even band members aren't sure. ...

Aldous Harding: Metro, Sydney

Live Review by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 27 August 2019

Watching the folk singer perform is to be touched by something deeply human and oddly universal. ...

Ed Kuepper, Laughing Clowns, The Saints: Saint Ed Kuepper to be honoured with renamed Brisbane park

Report and Interview by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 9 July 2017

Push for Brisbane to further celebrate its second seminal band as Ed Kuepper Park named in city's south-west. ...

Lorde talks second albums and night-time energy on the eve of Australian tour

Profile and Interview by Andrew Stafford, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 16 June 2017

I'M TOLD I CAN call her Ella: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor is quite a mouthful. The single-syllable name by which she is better known, though, ...

Midnight Oil: "A bloody-minded bunch of bastards": Midnight Oil's The Over Flow Tank

Sleeve and programme notes by Andrew Stafford, (Sony Legacy), May 2017

THE PLACE: 8 Ormiston Avenue, Gordon, a leafy suburb on Sydney's Upper North Shore. The year: sometime in 1972. A teenaged Robert George Hirst hauls ...

Iggy Pop: Sydney Opera House

Live Review by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 16 April 2019

Sydney Opera House: That supple physique can't move quite like it used to, but 71-year-old's voice is in unbelievably good shape ...

Radio Birdman: Brutally honest doco cements legacy of volatile Sydney punk band

Review by Andrew Stafford, The Guardian, 9 June 2017

The '70s band battled poverty, depression and infighting. Descent into the Maelstrom shows how they also changed the face of Australian music. ...

The Ramones: The enduring appeal of the Ramones

Retrospective by Andrew Stafford, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 21 April 2016

MY FAVOURITE QUOTE about the Ramones comes from Richard Hell, the New York provocateur who, along with Tom Verlaine, formed the art-punk band Television in ...

Sleater-Kinney carry on with new album and new purpose

Interview by Andrew Stafford, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 15 August 2019

THE CENTRE Won't Hold, the title of Sleater-Kinney's ninth album, is taken from W.B. Yeats' 1919 poem The Second Coming, the words of which have ...

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