Darlinghurst Funeral Rites


Format: ISBN: 978-0-9954098-3-5 PB 64pp, colour print with contemporary illustrations Release / Publication Date: 01 /10 /2017
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Darlinghurst Funeral Rites is a collection of poems and a song cycle that takes the reader on a journey through Mark Mordue’s experiences in the Sydney post-punk music scene of the 1980s. It begins with his arrival in the big city, his immersion in the culture and the spirit of the times, his deep contact with bands, art and films as a leading rock journalist of the era, the corresponding hedonism and bohemianism that characterised iconic suburbs like Newtown, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, and the disintegration of that world as a relationship ends and drugs, disillusion and displacement overtake people’s lives. The nature of the book is effectively a Dante-esque journey through Sydney in the post-punk 1980s. As such it is both a personal and a cultural history of the times: a creative history and internalised autobiography of a now mythical era.

Mark Mordue was born in 1960 and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. His teenage years were split between the coastal steel-mining town and growing up in Nhulunbuy, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Mark moved to Sydney in late 1981, where he launched his career as a rock journalist, enmeshing himself in the turbulent inner city music scene of the era, experiences that form the core of Darlinghurst Funeral Rites

He is the winner of a 1992 Human Rights Media Award and the 2010 Pascall Prize: Australian Critic of the Year. He is currently at work on a biography of Nick Cave and is the Editor of NEIGHBOURHOOD, a monthly newspaper for inner Sydney.