Nick Cave, the Sydney Opera House’s Spirit Animal

NICK CAVE, THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE’S SPIRIT CREATURE. (Photo of Nick soundchecking in the Concert Hall in 2013. I found this on Pinterest without a photographer’s credit, sadly.) . . My book is available at editionsballard.etsy.com . . One of the strongest threads running through the book is how the Sydney Opera House has become … Continue reading Nick Cave, the Sydney Opera House’s Spirit Animal

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In Praise of Galleries and their Shops

IN PRAISE OF ART GALLERIES AND THEIR SHOPS. … It’s more accurate to say that I’m issuing a piece of music merchandise rather than ‘publishing’ my Sydney Opera House book. After the exquisitely architectural hardcover limited edition it’s moving into a handsome but modest paperback edition. And though it will still have many Reg Mombassa … Continue reading In Praise of Galleries and their Shops

The Sydney Opera House is a Living Thing

What’s different about my book is that it considers how the Sydney Opera House is brought to life. As the economics of publishing has pushed architecture books towards the profession, with the life, the “program” outside their scope, I describe performances and food culture that could only happen at the Opera House. The resident Australian … Continue reading The Sydney Opera House is a Living Thing

Calculating the weight of rock’n’roll

With my Sydney Opera House book now complete I’m now thinking about how to continue combining music and architecture criticism, particularly focused on how rock’n’roll is evolving as an artform within cultural institutions. Two days ago Nick Cave sent out this message to everyone on his mailing list: “I’ve been feeling for a while that … Continue reading Calculating the weight of rock’n’roll