Wide Open Road

ABC, 2008
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A 4-part radio documentary series(4 x 58-53 ) and interactive website about the relationship between Australian popular music and the landscape. Co-produced with Cath Dwyer, Wide Open Road consists of 4 parallel narratives about the development of Australian popular music from the 1970s to the early 21st century, and the way in which themes of place and identity are reflected and articulated in popular music from punk to hip-hop. Broadcast on Into the Music on ABC Radio National, JJJ and ABC Local Radio, November 2008. Each episode is organized around a central image or metaphor 'Road, Suburbs, Carpet and Coast - and explores how songwriters and musicians responded imaginatively to the natural and urban Australian landscape. The series is based on approximately 50 original audio interviews conducted by the producers in 2008, and extensive research in the audio archives of the ABC. An academic article based on the series, âWide Open Road: Radio as Cultural Historyâ , will be published in April 2012 in an edited volume entitled: Radio and Society: New thinking for an old media, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)
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