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Thu, 12 Sept


Better Read Than Dead

Shain Shapiro in-conversation with Matt Levinson

Join us with Shain Shapiro for his inaugural Australian, New Zealand, Singaporean, and Japan tour to support his acclaimed book, This Must Be The Place: How Music Can Make Your City Better. Shain will be in-conversation with Matt Levinson.

Shain Shapiro in-conversation with Matt Levinson
Shain Shapiro in-conversation with Matt Levinson

Time & Location

12 Sept 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Lauded by Ben Lovett (CEO of tvg Hospitality and musician in Mumford and Sons) as “the most informed and capable voice on the subject of how music and culture is a critical and powerful component of any thriving community” and “a seminal thinker” by Al Bell (Original Owner, Chairman, Stax Records and Former President, Motown Records Group), Shain Shapiro is taking his acclaimed book, This Must Be The Place: How Music Can Make Your City Better to Australasia for the first time.

Praised as “well-written and insightful and a persuasive manifesto for future sound city planning” by Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, The Human League) and “an essential read for anyone interested in the power of music to shape our cities and our lives” by Harvey Mason (CEO, the Recording Academy), This Must Be The Place introduces and examines music’s relationship to cities. Not the influence cities have on music, but the powerful impact music can have on how cities are developed, built, managed and governed.

Since its publication in September 2023, This Must Be The Place has sold out of its first printing (over 4000 copies thus far) and will be published in Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian and Portuguese in 2024 and 2025, as well as an audiobook.

Shain has done 49 tour dates in 12 countries in support of the critically acclaimed book and this marks his first Australasian tour. These dates will feature a presentation on the book and a discussion with local leaders, with Shain applying the book's themes to the place he’s visiting.

Shain Shapiro, PhD is one of the world's leading music and cultural policy thinkers. He is the founder and chairman of economics consultancy Sound Diplomacy, founder and director of the global nonprofit Center for Music Ecosystems.

Matt Levinson is a communication strategist and social change leader with senior experience in government, media and purpose organisations. He is also a former journalist, campaigner and research scientist, with a lifelong passion for creative culture, nature and cities.


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    Includes a ticket and copy of This Must Be the Place

  • Event Ticket




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