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Peter Minack

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Peter Minack
Birth namePeter Carl Minack
Born1961/1962 (age 59–60)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1970s-2004
Associated actsTISM, Damian Cowell
Writing career
OccupationWriter, teacher
GenreHistorical novel
SubjectAmerican Civil War

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Peter Carl Minack[1] (born in 1961 or 1962), is an Australian teacher of English. He is known by his former stage name Ron Hitler-Barassi when he was the vocalist for the alternative rock band TISM between 1983 and 2004. Under his own name he published an American Civil War novel, C.W.G. (or Campaigning with Grant) in 2000. While a member of TISM, Minack periodically worked as a secondary school teacher of English and fully resumed that role after they disbanded.


Minack was born to a German father and Irish Australian mother in Richmond in 1961 or 1962.[2]

In 1983, he joined TISM, an alternative rock band formed by two of his friends, Damian Cowell and Eugene Cester, in the year before. TISM members remained anonymous throughout their career, with Minack adopting his stage name, Ron Hitler-Barassi, as a reference to his German background and Australian rules football fandom.

In 2000 he published a historical novel set in the American Civil War, C.W.G. or more fully, Campaigning with Grant.[2][3][4] Michelle Griffin of The Age reviewed it as "anarchic and anachronistic" with a "sour satiric tone" where leaders of the conflict are cast as "civil war dickheads" to be "frequently lampooned throughout."[5] The Weekend Australian's Stephen Matchett described it as "a terrific book that deserved the critical admiration it received."[6]

TISM split up at the end of 2004[7] and Minack returned to his day job as a secondary school teacher of English in Melbourne.[2]


  1. "Peter Carl Minack". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Waldren, Murray (29 July 200). "Ghost files war report". The Australian. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016 – via Murray Waldren. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Minack, Peter (2000), C.W.G (Campaigning with Grant), Random House Australia Pty Ltd, ISBN 978-0-09-184186-7
  4. Matchett, Stephen (5 January 2009). "Goodwill can wait, I feel the tug of war". The Australian. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  5. Griffin, Michelle (24 July 2000). "Hits and myths of the battle hymns of the republic". The Age. Archived from the original on 16 August 2000. Retrieved 30 October 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. Matchett, Stephen (1 Oct 2005). "You gotta have friends". The Weekend Australian. p. 40. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Dwyer, Michael (7 January 2017). "A tale of two dags: TISM's Damian Cowell and Tony Martin continue the satire with new album". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 8 January 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2020.

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