Ed Nimmervoll

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Ed Nimmervoll
Born Edward Charles Nimmervoll
(1947-09-21) 21 September 1947 (age 66)
Occupation Journalist, editor, author
Period 1966–2012
Subjects Rock music
Notable work(s) Friday on my mind: a year by year account of popular music in the Australian charts


Edward Charles "Ed" Nimmervoll (born 21 September 1947 in Austria)[1] is an Australian rock music journalist, author and historian. He worked on rock magazines Go-Set (1966–1974) and Juke Magazine (1975–1992) both as a journalist and as an editor.[2] Since 2000, Nimmervoll has been editor of HowlSpace, a website detailing Australian rock music history, providing artist profiles, news and video interviews.[3] He is an author of books on the same subject and has co-authored books with musicians including Brian Cadd (early history of Australian rock) and Renée Geyer (her autobiography).[4] By 2012 his HowlSpace website was no longer being maintained.

Rock magazines and radio[edit]

Nimmervoll's family relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 1956 and he eventually entered university to study Architecture. Go-Set was Australia's first national pop magazine and Nimmervoll started contributing while still at university in 1966.[5] He began compiling a national top 40 from 5 October 1966,[2] later he wrote record reviews and by 1973 became its editor.[5] After Go-Set was taken over in 1974, Nimmervoll began Juke magazine, which was published weekly from 1975 until 1992.[5] Nimmervoll was involved in creating Take 40 Australia a local radio version of American Top 40, he also worked on radio and TV music specials.

Author and editor[edit]

Nimmervoll has authored, co-authored or edited a number of books including Friday on my mind: a year by year account of popular music in the Australian charts in 2003.[6] It has been reviewed by fellow author, Chris Spencer:

"Nimmervoll writes about the major artists for each year, weaving stories, anecdotes and incidental information making for an interesting read. The reader is able to pick the book up from the coffee table and turn to any page and be immersed in a particular period of our pop history."[6]

—Chris Spencer , 2004

Nimmervoll is a significant contributor of biographies on the website Allmusic (AMG), mainly covering Australian performers and bands as diverse as country music legend Slim Dusty[7] and post-grunge band Grinspoon.[8]


Written or electronic resources credited to Nimmervoll as author, co-author or editor:[9][10]

  • Cadd, Brian and Ed Nimmervoll, (1975), The emerging years : the Australian pop scene, 1965-1975, Stanmore, N.S.W.: Cassell Australia, ISBN 0-7269-1351-0
  • Geyer, Renée and Ed Nimmervoll, (2000), Confessions of a difficult woman : the Renée Geyer story, Softcover, Pymble, N.S.W.: HarperCollins, ISBN 0-7322-6563-0 (0-7322-6563-0)
  • Lawrence, Michael, (1998), Showtime : the Cold Chisel story : the first decade and beyond Ed.Nimmervoll, Belmont, Vic.: M. Lawrence, ISBN 1-86503-118-6
  • Nimmervoll, Ed, (1999) Ready, steady, go! : rock and pop: the Australian experience 1956-1971, [essay], Softcover, Melbourne, Vic: The Arts Centre, ISBN 0-646-37568-7 (0-646-37568-7)
  • (Ed.) Nimmervoll, Ed (2000), Howlspace: the living history of our music, [electronic resource], Melbourne, Vic.: White Room Electronic Publishing, Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web, Available at: <http://www.howlspace.com.au>
  • Nimmervoll, Ed, (2003), Friday on my mind, Noble Park, Vic: Five Mile Press, ISBN 1-74124-048-4
  • Nimmervoll, Ed and Euan Thorburn, (1977) 1000 Beatle Facts: (and a Little Bit of Hearsay), Hardcover, Sydney, N.S.W.: J. Albert & Son, ISBN 0-86913-044-7 (0-86913-044-7)
  • Reyne, James (2001), ... and the horse you rode in on, [kit], Ed.Nimmervoll, ISBN 1-877035-65-3
  • Seymour, Mark (2005), Daytime and the dark, [kit], Ed.Nimmervoll, Malvern, Vic: Tandem Publishing, ISBN 1-877035-67-X
  • (Ed.) Spencer, Chris, Paul McHenry, Zbig Nowara and Ed Nimmervoll, (1996), The who's who of Australian rock, [electronic resource], Melbourne, Vic.: Informit Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, ISBN 0-86444-559-8

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The emerging years". Music Australia. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Go-Set Australian charts - 5 October 1966". Pop Archives. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Howlspace: the living history of our music". Music Australia. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  4. ^ "Ed Nimmervoll". Music Australia. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  5. ^ a b c Kent, David M. (2000). "Go-Set: Life and Death of an Australian Pop Magazine". Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  6. ^ a b Spencer, Chris (2004). Ed Nimmervoll, ed. "Come Back Again...". HowlSpace. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Slim Dusty". Allmusic (AMG). Macrovision. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Grinspoon". Allmusic (AMG). Macrovision. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Ed Nimmervoll". MusicAustralia. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  10. ^ "Results for 'au:Ed Nimmervoll'". WorldCat.org. Retrieved 2008-05-28.