EVENT: Rock Writers Panel
DATE: Thursday 4th October
TIME: 3:30 for 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VENUE: Ember Lounge – Memo Music Hall
ADDRESS: 88 Acland St, St Kilda
COST: $25


Multi published author of the genre Stuart Coupe leads a panel that includes Starman Books publisher James Anfuso with Broderick Smith and Kim Volkman and are joined by Jen Jewel Brown on the release of her collaboration with Tina Hutchence on MICHAEL, My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS, Tina’s personal story about her life with Michael.

James is the publisher of Brod’s autobiography ‘Man Out Of Time’ and Kim has self published ‘The Devil Won’t Take Charity’ and sold out his first book, also an autobiography.

Kim has self-published his first book “The Devil Won’t Take Charity”, his autobiography.

Stuart has written a number of books covering historical, biographical rock and roll stories including ‘Gudinski’ and now his new release ‘Roadies’.

Between them they can give insights into the various ways of going about writing your story.

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Music journalist, broadcaster, promoter, band manager and writer, Stuart has managed acts including Hoodoo Gurus and Paul Kelly and broadcasts on Sydney radio stations 2SER and FBi.

His books include biographies of Tex Perkins, Tex (2017) and Michael Gudinski, Gudinski: The Godfather of Australian Rock & Roll (2015) and The Promoters (2003). Stuart’s next book about music industry roadies will be published later this year.



After decades on the Australian music stage Brod has a long list of credits to his name most notably as chief dog for Australian legends, “The Dingoes”.  He is considered to be a legend by his legion of fans, a consummate performer by many of his contemporaries and an elder statesman by the new guard of fellow musicians.

In 2018, Broderick releases his brand new album ‘Man Out of Time released simultaneously with his very first book. A study in vivid storytelling and mature restraint, Man Out of Time arrives 10 years since Brod’s last solo album, Unknown Country, and eight since Tracks, his brief return to his legendary ’70s band, the Dingoes.


Jen Jewell Brown

Jen Jewel Brown was the first reporter for Rolling Stone Australia. The author of Skyhooks: Million Dollar Riff (1975), Jen interviewed Michael many times throughout the 1980s and sang on his solo single Speed Kills. As a Professional Manager at MCA/Gilbey, it was Jen who helped sign INXS to a worldwide music publishing deal. Today Jen lives and writes in Melbourne.



Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kim Volkman has been part of Melbourne’s live music scene for 38 years playing in bands including The Severals, Ian Rilen & the Love Addicts, The Mary Hillbillies, X, The Patron Saints and Kim Volkman and The Whiskey Priests.

A year on from the launch of his autobiography, “The Devil Won’t Take Charity”, Kim will perform an intimate show at Alliance Francaise as part of St Kilda Writers Week. Kim will talk about the book and perform two acoustic sets. Books will be available for purchase on the night.


James Anfuso block

James Anfuso is a self-confessed music addict, James saw his first live concert in the 1960s as a 10 year old courtesy of his older sister who took him to see ‘King of Pop’ Normie Rowe. The excitement generated by hordes of hysterical screaming teenage girls and the primitive rock’n’roll sounds he heard made him an instant fan – he was hooked and still is.

A collector of all things rock’n’roll, he spent 30 years painstakingly searching the globe to assemble the most historically important collection of Australian music/gig posters in the world. In 2015, James wrote and self-published his first book Rockin Australia, he is currently working on two new music book projects. He also oversees the development and design of all publications by Starman Books, his latest projects include the Broderick Smith autobiography, books from Radio Birdman’s Warwick Gilbert, an essay on Australian songwriting from Clinton Walker together with books on Greasy Pop Records, Lighthouse Keepers and Roadrunner magazine.

James is a passionate supporter of Australian music and committed to preserving its history and importantly, documenting it for future generations.

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