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24 October 1959 - 30 December 2009

Posted by Several Sins on 2009-12-30

Photo by Simon Schluter, 2008"Australia's music scene has lost a true icon with the reported passing of Rowland S Howard today (December 30). While no official statement has been made by management, close friends of the guitarist have confirmed reports that he lost his ongoing battle with liver cancer at Melbourne's Austin Hospital this morning."

Mess+Noise - December 30, 2009
Rowland S Howard Loses Battle With Cancer

"Long-time friend and Birthday Party bandmate Mick Harvey, who played drums on Howard's newest, critically acclaimed solo album Pop Crimes, said Howard did not want to die.

"'Sometimes people are ready to go because they have been sick for a long time, but Rowland really wanted to live.

"'Things were going well for him outside of his health and he wanted to take advantage of that and he was very disappointed that he wasn't well enough to do so.'"

The Age - December 31, 2009
Rowland Howard hangs up his guitar for keeps

Nick Cave's statement: "This is very sad news. Rowland was Australia's most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist. He was also a good friend. He will be missed by many." (MySpace)

New Release: Magic Dirt's White Boy EP

Posted by Several Sins on 2009-11-01

Magic Dirt is releasing their White Boy EP, a final recording project of bassist Dean Turner, who passed away in August. Among the four tracks is a duet featuring Rowland S. Howard with Adalita, produced by Dean and titled "Summer High". The track can now be heard on their MySpace.

The band is currently touring in tribute to Dean. Their EP can be purchased here, along with other Magic Dirt releases.

Inpress #1093 - October 14, 2009

Posted by Several Sins on 2009-10-14

RSH is interviewed in this week's issue of Inpress by editor Tom Hawking.

With pictures by Kane Hibberd.

New Release: Pop Crimes

Posted by Several Sins on 2009-10-11

Long awaited follow-up to 1999's Teenage Snuff Film - "Pop Crimes" - was released this October. Signed copies can still be ordered now, for a limited time, shipping from JB Hi-Fi starting October 16th. The album line-up includes Mick Harvey and J.P. Shilo, among others.

The album can still be ordered on vinyl.

Track Listing:

  1. (I Know) A Girl Called Jonny
  2. Shut Me Down
  3. Life's What You Make It
  4. Pop Crimes
  5. Nothin'
  6. Wayward Man
  7. Ave Maria
  8. The Golden Age Of Bloodshed

The b-side of the Pop Crimes 7" is "(I Know) A Girl Called Jonny", a duet with HTRK's Jonnine Standish. The single was released on the Passport Label on August 24th, and can be ordered now from JB Hi-Fi (not currently available).

Both tracks can be heard on Passport's audio player.

We're Livin' On Dog Food

Posted by Several Sins on 2009-08-01

Aussie cult classic Dogs In Space (1987) finally gets a re-release. The new DVD includes a 52-minute documentary on the film and Melbourne punk scene by Richard Lowenstein called "We're Livin' On Dog Food". The docu features interviews with Rowland S. Howard, the Primitive Calculators, Ollie Olsen, Phillip Brophy and more. Ships from JB Hi-Fi on August 28th.

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07.06.2013 - As of today, the web site has been renewed for another full year! Thank you, everyone, for your support! I have also updated the downloads section with two new videos from the Shotgun Wedding Tour '91, which were sent to us by the lovely Laura.

13.11.2012 - Finally updated the tribute page with more links and pictures.

14.09.2012 - Updated the gallery with photos by Wendy Joy Morrissey and Carbie, with permission, as well as a few others that went missing when the site moved. More to be added, thanks for your patience. If you have any photos to submit, or want any removed, please contact us.

11.08.2011 - 41 images removed at the request of Bleddyn Butcher, including but not limited to:

More pictures still to be added to the galleries shortly.

03.08.2011 - The discography has been updated with info for the Golden Age of Bloodshed 7" and White Boy EP. All downloads have been brought on-site, some in lossless formats. Broken links have been repaired. Expect more images and articles to be added after a 1-week hiatus.

07.07.2011 - For anyone having difficulty with The Birthday Party in Cologne, Germany, archived footage, it is available to download in full here. Sorry for the trouble!

05.06.2011 - Added a video of These Immortal Souls performing at The Esplanade Hotel in 1995 to the videos section.

05.12.2010 - Added a video from late 90s/early 00s and a video from 2007 to the videos section.

04.10.2010 - Added Crime & The City Solution's Rose Blue video to videos section.

00.06.2010 - Added the The King of Kalifornia video to downloads/videos section.

22.04.2010 - Various pages in the images and videos sections updated.

19.04.2010 - Added 4 tabs to the downloads/tabs section, transcribed by Bethany.

28.01.2010 - Updated downloads/audio with a 1992 These Immortal Souls show from Kakophonia. Also updated downloads/videos with three videos from January 2nd tribute on ABC's Rage, uploaded by footyshorts.

22.01.2010 - Some footage of Rowland's service at the Sacred Heart Mission has been uploaded on the Ghost Pictures YouTube account. For personal reasons, this site will not be displaying or linking them, though you are free to search and view yourselves.

22.01.2010 - Updated the tributes page to include a link to Trevor Block's tribute on Mess+Noise.

21.01.2010 - Updated the tributes page.

11.01.2010 - New page created for record of tributes. And footage of RSH at Fuji Rock Festival 09 added to videos section.

07.01.2010 - Texts/press section updated.

04.01.2010 - By request, a guestbook feature has been added, for anyone who would like to say a few words.

04.01.2010 - Added an article from 2005 by Conrad Standish, updated the downloads/audio lists with 2 more bootlegs from Kakophonia, and edited lyrics from the Pop Crimes album to reflect the way they are sung rather than written in the CD booklet.

03.01.2010 - Added Ballroom Mayhem article to texts/press section.

02.01.2010 - Updated downloads/audio list with 5 6 new solo bootlegs, posted at Kakophonia.

01.01.2010 - Added October's interview with Inpress to text/press section.


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