Review of Missing in Action: Australian Popular Music in Perspective, Volume 1, edited by Marcus Breen (Kensington: Verbal Graphics, 1987)
McHoul, A. (1989) Review of Missing in Action: Australian Popular Music in Perspective, Volume 1, edited by Marcus Breen (Kensington: Verbal Graphics, 1987). Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media and Culture, 2 (2).
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With broad-ranging collections like this, it's often difficult to make an overall assessment. But the genre of the review makes exactly this demand, so....
It's a desktop job, in a promised series of books - quite nicely produced given the pre-Ventura, pre-Pagemaker technology it uses - but suffering from the inevitable poor copyediting, typos and problems with layout consistency. In terms of content, it's definitely a curate's egg - but by no means a pig's breakfast. What does make me suspicious about the quality of the overall project, though, is that I most liked the articles on subjects and musics about which I happen know least. And I wonder how good they would be to fans.
|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Humanities|
|Publisher:||Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group|
|Copyright:||1989 Taylor & Francis|
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