It is an honor to be the first person on the internet to review this book – the latest penned by the highly acclaimed Australian music writer Murray Engleheart. ‘Blood, Sweat and Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to Rose Tattoo’ is just that and so much more – and it’s been in the works since the late 80’s. Engleheart mentions in the book, that since that time – Peter Wells, Mick Cocks and Ian Rilen – all key subject figures – have sadly passed away, giving the ending of the works a somewhat ‘memorial’ feel. Wells, Cocks and Rilen were the genuine article – the real rock n roll deal my friends. If you don’t know who they are, then for goddsake purchase this book and learn. The tales from Billy Thorpe (also sadly gone) are told straight to the author as is – and are truly fascinating. So too the Rose Tattoo and Angels stories – like Pete’s final gig at Narara – where the Tatts walked on at 12.30am after Cold Chisel’s marathon set and went about blowing the roof off. This book covers much territory and contains some truly rare and remarkable photographs. There is a great live shot of Duff McKagen on a Melbourne stage with the Tatts from early 1993. When you mention ‘Australia’ and ‘rock n roll’ to someone they most likely think of AC/DC – and rightly so. But they are only just scratching the surface – on an amazing era in the history of Oz Rock. When I saw this on the book shelf sitting next to Vince Neil’s ‘Tattoos & Tequila’ I nearly laughed aloud. It’s like parking an E49 V8 Charger next to a Commodore – I mean – gimme a break ! Guys like Ian Rilen, Micks Cocks, Peter Wells and Lobby Lloyde were more rock n roll than Neil will ever be – and they left the world largely unknown – an injustice. Their amazing lives and rock n roll tales are contained in these pages and this book goes a long way to righting that wrong. ‘Blood, Sweat and Beers’ is informative and well researched and is without a doubt one of the most important titles ever written on Australian rock n roll.