Rock Australia Magazine

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Rock Australia Magazine
Editor Anthony O'Grady
Editor Greg Taylor
Editor Phil Stafford
Staff writers Annie Burton
Jen Jewel Brown
Stuart Coupe
Andrew McMillan
Clinton Walker
Categories Music
Frequency Fortnightly
Format Tabloid
Founder Anthony O'Grady, Phillip Mason
First issue 8 March 1975 (1975-03-08)
Final issue July 1989
  • Soundtracks Publishing
  • Eastern Suburbs Newspapers
Based in Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Language English
ISSN 0312-0767

Rock Australia Magazine or RAM (its acronym) was a fortnightly national Australian music newspaper, which was published from March 1975 to July 1989.[1] It was written for people with a serious interest in rock and pop music, as was its main rival, Juke Magazine.[2]

The magazine was founded in Sydney by Anthony O'Grady – a former contributor to the earlier teen-orientated, pop music, weekly newspaper, Go-Set – and Phillip Mason, a publisher.[2] Its first edition was printed on 8 March 1975 by Soundtracks Publishing.[1][3] RAM was modelled on English music trade papers, New Musical Express and Melody Maker.[2][4]

There were three eras of RAM, each defined by their editors – O'Grady, Greg Taylor and Phil Stafford. The magazine's writers included Annie Burton, Jen Jewel Brown, Stuart Coupe, Andrew McMillan, Clinton Walker and Adam Sweeting.[5]

By May 1980 it was being published by Eastern Suburbs Newspapers. RAM published its last edition in July 1989 after running for over 14 years.[1] In March 2012 Brown was the presenter of a radio documentary, '"Paper Trail", for Radio National, which described four newspapers that Brown wrote for, during the 1970s and 1980s, including Rock Australia Magazine.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "RAM / Soundtracks Publishing Pty Ltd | National Library of Australia". Catalogue. National Library of Australia. 8 March 1975. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "RAM magazine". Eastern Suburbs Newspapers. National Library of Australia. May 1980. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Raup, Avo. "RAM (Rock Australia Magazine)". Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "RAM magazine : About New South Wales". Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  5. ^ Adam Sweeting, "Have Faith and go to the pictures (The Cure interview). Ram. 24 July 1981. P. 15-17
  6. ^ Allam, Lorena; Davis, Sharon (18 March 2012). "Paper Trail". Hindsight. Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). Retrieved 23 May 2015.