There may be bands that have sold more records, there may be bands that are more popular, but few have hooked into the cultural life of a country in the same way that Midnight Oil has. Since its genesis in 1976, Midnight Oil - fronted by the charismatic and passionate Peter Garrett until his departure in late 2002 - has variously been synymous with beer-barn angst, green political activism, indigeus advocacy and musical n-conformism. At the same time this hugely popular band has been a mainstay of commercial radio and an icon of contemporary Australian culture. Despite the band's high profile, its members are toriously private people who have never before revealed details of the inner workings of Midnight Oil. In Beds Are Burning, Mark Dodshon tells the full and frank story of their remarkable career.
Mark Dodshon's varied career has included work as presenter/producer on JJJ radio and long-time host of The Australian Music Show; freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines including the Sydney Morning Herald and Rolling Stone; presenter and researcher for the weekly music show Edge of the Wedge on ABC TV; producer/director of an international daily music show, JAM, for .Australia Television; and creator and presenter of a weekly international radio program, The Big Backyard, which was distributed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to 500 radio stations worldwide. He has also been a high school English and history teacher, a full-time househusband and child-carer, and the national campaign manager for the Nuclear Disarmament Party in the 1984 federal election. Most recently he has been a strategist and designer with Balance Design, a multimedia company that specialises in web sites for the music industry. Mark lives in Sydney with his wife and son.