It seems Anthony was always going to be a writer. He told interviewer Dave Laing in 2016, ‘Studying English literature at high school honours level got me entranced with language. At Sydney University I joined the student newspaper Honi Soit at a time when student radicalism was in the fomenting stage. I went to advertising rather than journalism because advertising was then a hotbed of creativity.'
O’Grady’s first publication came about when Fairlight creator Kim Ryrie asked him to edit his magazine Ear for Music. Anthony lived and understood the ideals of the time; combined with his love for live music, this was the obvious vehicle for his voice.