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'Where the Blues Come From', portrait of Jim by Roey

I received a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.A.(Hons) in Geography from the University of New England, and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from the Australian National University.

I taught at the universities of Natal, New England, and Western Australia, and at the Escuela Normal Superior in El Salvador (in Spanish), worked for the West Australian Education Department Research Branch, Australian Spinal Research Foundation, the Salvation Army, and was an urban planner in Santa Ana, California.

Of my five books, one was made into a film Tracks of Glory, that premiered on the Disney Channel and won the 1993 Australian Logie Award for Most Popular Telemovie or Mini-series. I also wrote and presented radio documentaries, ABC book reviews and consulted for the ABC's Peach's Gold and Gallery of Everyday Things television programs.

For a list of books, conference papers, and journal articles, click here, or at

Jim Fitzpatrick


My surfboard was custom made in 1962 in Huntington Beach, California by the late Bill Holden, the initial inductee into the International Surfboard Makers Hall of Fame. His early models (including my  9' 2" Malibu) are collector's items. Roey's godson now uses it on the Gold Coast, in Australia. It features in my song,

Rock 'n' Roll Cliche.

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