David Nichols tells the story of Australian rock and pop music from 1960 to 1985 formative years in which the nation cast off its colonial cultural shackles and took on the world.Generously illustrated and scrupulously researched, Dig combines scholarly accuracy with populist flair. Nichols is an unfailingly witty and engaging guide, surveying the fertile and varied landscape of Australian popular music in seven broad historical chapters, interspersed with shorter chapters on some of the more significant figures of each period. The result is a compelling portrait of a music scene that evolves in dynamic interaction with those in the United States and the UK, yet has always retained a strong sense of its own identity and continues to deliver new stars and cult heroes to a worldwide audience.Dig is a unique achievement. The few general histories to date have been highlight reels, heavy on illustration and short on detail. And while there have been many excellent books on individual artists, scenes and periods, and a couple of first-rate encylopedias, theres never been a book that told the whole story of the irresistible growth and sweep of a national music culture. Until now . . .