Craig McGregor

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Craig McGregor (born 12 October 1933, in Jamberoo, New South Wales) is an Australian journalist, essayist, academic, cultural observer and critic.

Life and career[edit]

McGregor went to Cranbrook School, Sydney,[1] leaving at 16 to work at the Sydney Morning Herald[2] before studying arts at the University of Sydney.

He has written books on Australian society, politics and popular culture, as well as two novels and a collection of short stories. He wrote the script for a section of the 1973 film Libido and co-wrote the 1976 rock opera Hero. He has won two Walkley Awards for Journalism: in 1977 for Best Newspaper Feature Story, and in 1986 for Best Feature in a Newspaper or Magazine.[3] He met and interviewed Bob Dylan during his 1966 tour of Australia, and later edited the book Bob Dylan: A retrospective. He has his own entry in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia.[4]

He is Emeritus Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he taught between 1988 and 2000.


  • Profile of Australia (1966)
  • The High Country (1967)
  • People, Politics and Pop (1968)
  • To Sydney with Love (1968)
  • Don’t Talk to Me about Love (a novel, 1973)
  • Bob Dylan: A retrospective (editor) (1972)
  • Life in Australia (editor) (1972)
  • Up Against the Wall, America (1973)
  • The Great Barrier Reef (1974)
  • The See-through Revolver (a novel, 1977)
  • The History of Surfing (1983)
  • Soundtrack for the Eighties (1983)
  • Time of Testing: The Bob Hawke Victory (1983)
  • Pop Goes the Culture (1984)
  • Real Lies (short stories, 1987)
  • Headliners (1990)
  • Class in Australia (1997)
  • Australian Son: Inside Mark Latham (2004)
  • Left Hand Drive: A Social and Political Memoir (2013)[5]


  1. ^ Contemporary Australians 1995-96, Reed Reference, Port Melbourne, 1995, p.301.
  2. ^ The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, 2nd edition, Oxford, Melbourne, 1994, p.492.
  3. ^ "Past Walkley Awards Winners". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  4. ^ Michael Gray, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, Continuum, New York, 2006, pp.440-41.
  5. ^ "Craig McGregor in the National Library of Australia". Retrieved 17 August 2012.