What some reviewers have said about this book:


"A product of at least ten years work and passionate commitment for Graeme, this book is full of insights into the development of a folk scene in Australia, and the comparison between folk and country music is nothing short of fascinating..."

Christine Wheeler in JAM, Folk Federation of NSW

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“For an academic work that allows all the benefits and integrity of such, this book is also indisputably and ‘easy read' and equally succinct. ….all Australian Folk and Country Music enthusiasts will no doubt benefit from curling up in a warm place and enjoying …”

Graham Dodsworth in Folk Alliance News September 9 2005

“This fascinating book is probably the first book to pull together succinctly the appropriate parts of the spectrum that concentrate on folk and country (particularly in Australia) and deal with the surrounding aspects of contemporary acoustic music that cross the borders between these…this is a wise and inclusive start…An incredibly rich harvest of music, song, history and truth.”

Ken Ferguson  “Singing along in rural AustraliaWest Australian,  September 10 2005

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“Singing Australian is essentially about the construction of folk, country and multicultural music as culturally identifiable ‘music scenes' and styles sung with a politically Australian voice. ..The book fervently thrusts music into the history debates around concepts of the national, nationalism and nationhood…Graeme's work represents serious and significant historical research and understanding. It  is deeply embedded in archival and oral evidence, yet is informed by Graeme's critical reflection on his own personal engagement with these musics. Graeme's critical scholarly and reflective insight, evident page after page, belies the surface pace and ease of the book...great research, provocative story-telling and an outstanding publication”

 Robyn Holmes , Curator of Music, National Library of Australia,  launching the book at the National Folk Convention, Canberra , Sept 2, 2005. National Library of Australia

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Dave Dawson, presenter of Nu Country television and Country Music journalist presented  this review on the Nu Country website.

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“How a nation's discourse came to be reflected in tune”

Warwick McFadyen , Sunday Age, August 14 2005

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"The work is a vindication of the combination of painstaking detail, rigorous critical analysis and the sweeping panorama, and proclaims the gulf between the best academic research and top-of-the head pop music journalism .... The lucid accessibility of Smith's style carries great weight without making ostentatious its comprehensive luggage. Sometimes scholarly writing is like a soap opera. You can doze off while turning the pages and know that when you regain attentiveness, you are still pretty much in the same place. This book is always leading you to new disclosures, a commanding and multi-faceted argument that establishes a powerful case for a more appropriate recognition of the role of folk and country in our cultural history"

Popular Music and Jazz Scholar Bruce Johnson, review pages of the website of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

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