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Music Advantage

Brain research has revealed something extraordinary: learning music and listening to music can grow and repair our brains at any age.

Simply clapping in time can assist a young child who is struggling with reading. Learning an instrument can help children of all ages dramatically improve their ability to focus on school work, enhance their memory and improve behaviour. Playing in an orchestra develops children’s social skills. Learning music can give every child an advantage, whether they are not coping at school or are doing well already.

Dr Anita Collins has visited the labs of leading neuromusical researchers around the world and trialled their techniques herself. With real examples from home and school along with practical strategies,The Music Advantage shows how parents and teachers can support children’s development with music from birth to the teenage years.

‘Dr Collins’ exuberance and infectious enthusiasm shine through as she persuasively argues for the importance of music in every child’s education.’ – Professor Alan Harvey, author of Music, Evolution and the Harmony of Souls

‘Dr Anita Collins’ insights highlight the irreplaceable role music plays in the full education of a child.’ – Benjamin Northey, Principal Conductor in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Pearl Jam Twenty

One of the key bands of the Seattle-based grunge movement of the 1990s, Pearl Jam broke on to the world stage with their album, Ten, which went on to become an alternative rock classic. For over two decades Pearl Jam have been one of the most influential and popular bands on the planet, but have maintained their personal integrity by refusing the traditional trappings of rock fame. Praised for their rejection of rock star excesses and their fearless advocacy of causes they believe in, even when they risked losing their popularity.

They have sold over sixty million albums worldwide and their shows continue to sell out within hours of their tickets going on sale. Now, for the first time, the publicity shy band have decided to tell their extraordinary story, in their own words, in a book which will be heralded by fans all over the globe.

Dog Eat Dog

Bon turned up with two bottles of bourbon, some dope and some speed. When Angus saw this stash, he said to Malcolm, ‘If this guy can walk, let alone sing, it’s going to be something.’

Michael Browning first spotted AC/DC in September 1974. They were raw and rough, and much of the crowd, Michael included, was bewildered by the flashy guitarist dressed as a school kid. But Michael knew they had something – a blistering sound, killer songs and a wildly charismatic stage presence. Within a week he’d signed them to a management contract and duly embarked on a shared journey that within five years would take them to international prominence.

A young street kid with an uncanny ear for music, Michael had kicked off his career in the swinging clubs that made Melbourne the most happening place in Australia in the ’60s. He’d also been at the forefront of ‘pub rock’ in the early ’70s, booking acts like The Loved Ones and Max Merritt and the Meteors, and managing the massive band, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs.

And then AC/DC swept all before them. Here is the only insider account of those amazing years by the man who helped guide AC/DC to the top.

In the ’80s Michael did it again, signing an up-and-coming band called INXS to his label Deluxe Records and setting them on the course to superstardom.

Dog Eat Dog is the story of one of the true believers of the Australian music industry, the man who helped the country’s two biggest bands achieve world domination…and lived to tell the tale.