|Born||Edward Charles Nimmervoll|
21 September 1947
|Died||10 October 2014 (aged 67)|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Notable works||Friday on my mind: a year by year account of popular music in the Australian charts|
Edward Charles Nimmervoll (21 September 1947 - 10 October 2014) was a prominent Australian music journalist, author and historian. He worked on rock and pop magazines Go-Set (1966–1974) and Juke Magazine (1975-92) both as a journalist and as an editor. From 2000, Nimmervoll was editor of HowlSpace, a website detailing Australian rock/pop music history, providing artist profiles, news and video interviews. He was an author of books on the same subject and co-authored books with musicians including Brian Cadd (early history of Australian rock) and Renée Geyer (her autobiography).
Born in Austria in 1947, Nimmervoll's family relocated to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1956 and he eventually entered university to study architecture. Go-Set was Australia's first national pop magazine and Nimmervoll started contributing while still at university in 1966. He began compiling a national top 40 from 5 October 1966, later he wrote record reviews and by 1973 became its editor.
After Go-Set was taken over in 1974, Nimmervoll began Juke magazine, which was published weekly from 1975 until 1992. Nimmervoll was involved in creating Take 40 Australia a local radio version of American Top 40, he also worked on radio and TV music specials.
Nimmervoll authored, co-authored or edited a number of books including Friday on my mind: a year by year account of popular music in the Australian charts in 2003. It was reviewed by fellow author, Chris Spencer:
"Nimmervoll writes about the major artists for each year, weaving stories, anecdotes and incidental information making for an interesting read. The reader is able to pick the book up from the coffee table and turn to any page and be immersed in a particular period of our pop history." Chris Spencer, 2004
Nimmervoll was a significant contributor of biographies on the website Allmusic (AMG), mainly covering Australian performers and bands as diverse as country music legend Slim Dusty and post-grunge band Grinspoon. He co-wrote "Red-Headed Wild Flower" with Beeb Birtles for the Little River Band album Sleeper Catcher.
Nimmervoll attended the ARIA Music Awards of 2013 on 1 December, where he "[passed] out for four minutes", raising concerns for his health. He received medical attention and, by 4 December, fellow former Juke journalist, Christie Eliezer, reported that Nimmervoll "was on the mend" and "is about to launch a new project soon".