Australian encyclopedia of rock

Dubbed 'the mother of rock', Lillian Roxon was the most influential rock journalist in the world from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s.

One of the first writers to take rock music seriously, her influential 613-page tome Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia was published in 1969. Still considered a classic today, The New York Times called it 'the most complete book on rock music and rock culture ever written'.

Immerse yourself in Roxon's witty world of music and fandom in this collection which contains online exclusive episodes of her Discotique radio show, excerpts from a rare interview and tributes from Ian 'Molly' Meldrum and Derryn Hinch.

A fan first and foremost, Roxon candidly discusses the work and lives of stars including Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Bette Midler, Helen Reddy, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop and Peter Allen.

All stills courtesy of the family of Lillian Roxon and the book Mother of Rock: the Lillian Roxon Story by Robert Milliken (Black Inc 2002).