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Issue 1608

Words by Gloria Brancatisano

Editor’s Note

What a turbulent, brilliant, glorious mess of a year. Politically, we’ve seen an absurd comedy play out in front of our eyes. But in times of turmoil and darkness, creativity has always been a shining light. Undoubtedly, this year was no exception.

We saw the streets of Melbourne doused in rainbow celebration after same-sex marriage finally passed, in what felt like the most electric night of the year. Let that be a lesson to remember: love always wins in the end.

Hardworking local bands broke through to the level of international success they deserve, while living legends came to Australia in the form of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks. On the other hand, we said goodbye to fellow giants Charles Bradley, Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Tom Petty, George Young and Malcolm Young.

Importantly, the entertainment industry is slowly becoming a place where women can find their voices and share their truth. The shockwaves have started spreading right here in Australia, and it’s both encouraging to see the industry coming together and heartbreaking to know so many have suffered in silence for so long. But as we move into 2018, it feels as if a genuine sense of progress is on the rise.

But through it all, you’ve been there with us. This community of musicians, readers, writers, creators and punters. This magazine doesn’t exist without you, after all. So here’s to another year of deadlines, bangers, and community. It’s been a pleasure to make this magazine together each week.

See you out there,
James & Glori