Music of Our Heart

Lillian Roxon

In 1959 at the age of 27 Lillian moved to New York starting off as a freelancer for ‘Weekend’ and moving on to become the first Australian journalist to gain a high-profile in the States. In 1962 they offered her  the New York correspondent’s position for The Sydney Morning Herald, a job she kept for the next ten years.

Her organic writing style flowed into print form in an easy to follow way. She was a sharp critic with a keen ear that discerned well for the large metropolitan audience who read her weekly writings.

I religiously read Lillian Roxon’s music column in the New York Daily News. This was before I graduated to reading the New York Times later in college.

She held court in the late sixties/early 70s  in the infamous back room of Max’s Kansas City. She fit in well among the celebrities of


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