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By Sarah Ward
March 01, 2017
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By Sarah Ward
March 01, 2017
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"I know it's only rock 'n' roll, but I write about it," sang no one, officially — though if anyone was going to paraphrase the Rolling Stones to describe the relationship between writing and music, it's probably someone at Australia's only literary festival dedicated to the two. After launching in 2016, A Rock & Roll Writers Festival returns for a second year of tackling tunes-inspired text from April 1 to 2 at the Old Museum.

Crooning, scribbling: both are encouraged at the weekend-long event; however it's chatting about both and how they intersect in panel and interview sessions that proves the fest's catchy refrain. Here, authors, artists, journalists and musicians come together to discuss the relationship between art and freedom, stereotypes of rock 'n' roll stardom, the role of music criticism and the way that a picture can convey the vibe of a live gig, among other topics. And, not only will they trade words about songs in what are certain to be energetic and melodic conversations, but you can head along to watch.

The lineup features everyone from rockers Adalita and Tim Rogers, to radio stars Zan Rowe and Rhianna Patrick, to writers Nick Earls and Iain Shedden — plus Rolling Stone Australia editor Rod Yates and seasoned music photographer Sophie Howarth, too, from a speaker list that just keeps on keeping on. If you're looking to get your toes tapping before all their talking, the festival has also put together a handy compilation of playlists from this year's guests to really put you in the rock 'n' roll mood.

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