Sophisto-punk: The Story of Mark Opitz and Oz Rock

by Luke Wallis, Jeff Jenkins and Mar Opitz


Publication Date: November 01, 2012

ISBN: 9781742757933

Binding: Paperback

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"Mark Opitz and the inside story of making the great albums of Oz rock. I d like to take this opportunity to say my career wouldn t be anything without Mark Opitz, and I say that on behalf of many Australian musicians. -Jimmy Barnes From Cold Chisel to The Angels, from AC/DC to INXS to Australian Crawl, Mark Opitz has left an indelible imprint on the Australian music scene. The producer of such iconic albums as Cold Chisel s East, The Angels Face to Face, INXS Shabooh Shoobah and Jimmy Barnes Bodyswerve, Opitz is one of the most influential figures in the history of Oz Rock. Sophisto-punk tells Opitz s remarkable story, from his early days serving a musical apprenticeship as an engineer with AC/DC, under the legendary producers Harry Vanda and George Young. Opitz soon struck out on his own with a little-known Adelaide band, The Angels. He helped shape the group s trademark edgy sound Mark described it as sophisto-punk which propelled The Angels to rock stardom and launched his extraordinary career. Filled with frequently hilarious, sometimes poignant, anecdotes about Mark s experiences recording with Australia s rock greats,