"Sometimes I play a game in my head: name the five best American rock bands of the ’60s. My list goes: The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Doors, and then I stall on the fifth. Creedence? The Band – although they’re mostly Canadian. Simon and Garfunkel? Jefferson Airplane? The Lovin’ Spoonful? But I plump for The Monkees."—Robert Forster
In The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, Robert Forster takes readers on an exhilarating trip through the past and present of popular music – from Bob Dylan, AC/DC and Nana Mouskouri through to Cat Power, Franz Ferdinand and … Delta Goodrem.
To accompany Forster’s acclaimed writing for The Monthly, there are some stunning new pieces – ‘The 10 Rules’ and ‘The 10 Bands I Wish I’d Been In’ and an appreciation of Guy Clark – as well as a reflection on The Velvet Underground, a short story about Normie Rowe and a moving tribute to fellow Go-Between Grant McLennan.
Funny and illuminating, The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll shows a great critic at work.