Mark Phillips
Writer, journalist & communicator based in Melbourne, Australia. Author of Radio City: the First 30 Years of 3RRR-FM.
Tim Rogers in full flight with You Am I in mid-2021.

I’VE lost count of the number of gigs I’ve seen Tim Rogers perform live, either with You Am I or solo, but I clearly remember the first time. It was the 1995 Big Day Out at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Sound As Ever had been out for a while and Russell…

Bob Dylan over the years: as a fresh-faced folk singer in the early-60s; in his electric phase in the mid-1960s; on the Rolling Thunder Revue in the mid-70s; and as a legend in the 21st century.

DID William Shakespeare’s contemporaries realise that more than five centuries after his death, his plays would still be performed in dozens of languages every year, constantly reinterpreted and reinvented but never less relevant than when he first wrote them, their words and characters now ingrained into the English language?

Most…

CFMEU health and safety officer Peter Clark.

Dare to struggle

THEO Theodorou’s week has started off badly and is only going to get worse. The previous Friday, Theodorou woke to find his name in print in Melbourne’s two daily newspapers as the latest CFMEU official to be charged by Fair Work Building and Construction.

The CFMEU organiser is alleged to…

THE instructions were explicit: Ring or knock twice, and if there is no answer, leave the package with a note on the doorstep.

Deng waited half a dozen heartbeats at the front gate of the Brighton mansion, the second buzz on the intercom still sounding in his ears, then turned…

Donald Trump hugs the US flag as he arrives to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on 2 March 2, 2019. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

THE surprise isn’t that it ended this way, but that it took so long.

From day one way back on 20 January in 2017 — when he ordered his press secretary to lie to the media about the size of the pitiful crowd at his inauguration — it was written…

A Trump supporter during the invasion of the Capitol building on 6 January. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

IN the end, even the most rusted on Trump loyalists could bear it no more.

“Count me out. Enough is enough,” Lindsey Graham said on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

Graham was speaking once order had been installed in the Capitol building, hours after a wild mob in red MAGA…

SO that’s 2020 done with then.

I’ve never been much for celebrating new year’s or for the concept that flicking the calendar over to a new page will magically eradicate all the problems of the past 12 months. After all, on the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Rat (how…

Eric Meola’s iconic cover shot from Born To Run featuring Springsteen with Clarence Clemons.

BRUCE Springsteen toured Australia for the first time in 1985, when I was 16. Up to that stage, he’d had a couple of minor hits here — ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Hungry Heart’ were already staples of FM radio — but was nowhere near being a household name.

But his…

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