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AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

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Live, Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

AC/DC guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young died yesterday at age 64. Young had suffered from dementia for several years. He was replaced by his nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust. The legendary band was formed in Sydney in 1973. STATEMENT FROM MALCOLM YOUNG’S FAMILY It is with deepest sorrow that we inform

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Whatever you do, don‘t call us the new Berlin

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Music, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Athens is the New Berlin has become a common press tagline recently. Vallejo Gantner, the former director of PS122, one of New York’s contemporary performance institutions and Fotis Kapetopoulos, one of the Greek diaspora and an arts manager, went to Athens to see if the city really is going through a creative regeneration. *** BY FOTIS KAPETOPOULOS AND VALLEJO GANTNER 

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Queensland Symphony staff churn prompts claims of a ‘toxic’ work culture

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Twenty-seven  full-time and part-time staff have left Queensland Symphony Orchestra in just 21 months, an unusually high turnover rate for the company which currently lists 26 people on its staff. Many of its staff employed over the last 18 months have not stayed more than six months. Orchestra insiders claim that morale at the QSO is “toxic” and an external

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Perth Festival 2018 announces its line-up

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Music, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Visual Arts |

The 2018 Perth Festival (February 9 to March 4) directed by Wendy Martin and which includes 230 music, theatre, dance, literature, film and visual art events was announced yesterday. The outdoor events begin on February 9 with the female voices of Siren Song and a Noongar smoking ceremony and seven-minute serenade to the sun by sound artist Byron J Scullin. The

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Kylie’s Impossible Princess turns 20: how Australia’s Princess of Pop came of age

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Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

Pop idols have been reinventing their images, personas and sounds for as long as there have been pop idols. Some reinventions are calculated to achieve commercial goals: to ensure an artist stays in-step with the latest trends, to avoid any sense of staleness, and to reach a broader audience. But others are much more organic, reflecting the

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