Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: Daryl Braithwaite batting. Rick Kane bowling.

When Rick Kane was 13 he was part of the Norm O’Neil Cricket Coaching Clinic at the WACA. One Saturday morning training was cut short because a touring pop group had arrived.

The meanings of Making Gravy

What does the Paul Kelly song How To Make Gravy mean to you? Cassandra Atkinson thought she knew the song well, until her parents split up.

Jeff Dowsing + teenage mix-tape = Stereo Story

Jeff Dowsing’s novel, Undercurrents, includes rules for a teenage boy making a 1980s mixtape for a teenage girl. Compare your guidelines, and your mixtape, to his.

Rick Kane + 1916 Easter Uprising = Stereo Story

On a recent visit to Belfast Rick Kane wrestled with his heritage and the Irish troubles. Then, in a lttle bar called Fibber Magee’s, he heard a song that ‘married the personal to the political, the blood of resistance to the marrow of love’.

Almanac Book Review – How the West was One

Blow-in Vin Maskell (who has only lived in the west since 1986) reviews the wonderful new collection of memoirs about growing up in the Melbourne’s Western Suburbs. How the West was One is a lovable book.

Stereo Stories’ final show for 2017 – this Saturday at Newport Bowls Club

Almanackers Smokie Dawson and Rick Kane will be front and centre at the final Stereo Stories concert for 2017. They’ll be amongst half-a-dozen writers sharing the stage with The Stereo Stories Band next Saturday night at the Newport Bowls Club, Melbourne.

Butler + hitchhiking + Chisel = Stereo Story

John Butler can make you laugh and he can make you – if not cry – then ponder the deeper moments. This time it’s via the Cold Chisel song My Turn To Cry.

My life in music in the west by Mark Ferrie

In this extract from How the West was One, musician Mark Ferrie (Models, RocKwiz Orchestra) pays tribute to his friend, the late, great Ross Hannaford.

John Butler + meeting Richard Thompson = Stereo Story

I’ve generally abided that warning about meeting your heroes. But this is Richard Thompson! How often do you get to meet a bona fide legend? A bona fide legend who is signing CDs after his gig…

John Butler + Robert Johnson = Stereo Story

In this age where there’s supposedly no such thing as bad publicity, where every mundane detail of life can serve as grist to the celebrity mill, the rarest commodity of all is a genuine sense of mystery. Because he was dead long before he was famous, Robert Johnson will never lose his mystery.

Kane, Dawson, Griffiths: Stereo Stories’ final concert for 2017

Almanackers Rick Kane and Smokie Dawson will be part of the final Stereo Stories concert for 2017, at the Newport Bowls Club on Saturday evening 25 November. They’ll be joined by author Andy Griffiths, writer Rijn Collins, essayist Nick Gadd and The Stereo Stories Band.

Smokie + iPod shuffle = Stereo Story

Smokie Dawson wrangles with his iPod shuffle after giving up on streaming and finds that, through some technogical osmosis (personalised algorithms?) your favourite songs always look after you.

Almanac Music: Celebrate the Oils at the Flem-Ken Bowls Club

Celebrate the Oils via a spoken-word event at the Flem-Ken Bowls Club on Thursday evening 2 November, just a few days before the Oils hit Hanging Rock and then Melbourne town.

Almanac Music – Father’s Day Giftbox at Stereo Stories

Here at Stereo Stories we celebrate Fathers’ Day not with gifts of angle grinders and barbecues and golf balls but with fatherhood stories, fourteen in all.

Almanac Music: Chester Bennington, gone too soon

Deborah Tayloe, of North Carolina, relfects on the passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.

Cold Chisel + Festival Hall = Stereo Story

Everyone’s got a Festival Hall Story. And a Cold Chisel story.

Drive All Night. Brothers. Stereo Story.

This week Vin Maskell joins the dots between Glen Hansard, a love song from the Springsteen double album The River, and a five-minute drive from Moggs Creek to the Aireys Inlet general store.

Lit Fest looming: Almanackers front and centre

Almanackers are once again front and centre at the Williamstown Literary Festival on the weekend of 17 and 18 June.

Kerrie Soraghan, Yvette Wroby, John Harms, Smokie Dawson and Vin Maskell are amongst the guest speakers.

Soundgarden. Audioslave. Two Stereo Stories.

Chris Cornell, frontman of Audioslave and Soundgarden, died on 18 May, shortly after a concert in Detroit. Stereo Stories contributors Imogen Knight and Ali Schnabel were fans of the man, and his bands.

Neil Young. Markus Zusak. Stereo Story.

Which Neil Young song has helped Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, get words on the page for his next book, a novel that has been a dozen years in the making?