Born in Melbourne, Australia, Jennie Mullins moved to Tucson in 1994 with the intention of staying one year to work; she's still here, working at the UA in public health and living in her beloved Iron Horse neighborhood, near Fourth Avenue. Passionate about preserving the uniqueness of Iron Horse and downtown Tucson, she loves to be surprised by the places and people she runs into in the Old Pueblo.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
AC/DC in about 1975. I was very young but went with my older siblings. Bon Scott and Angus Young were just amazing. I can't believe my parents let me go! My 7-year-old son, Cruz, now loves to listen to "It's a Long Way to the Top."
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Martha Wainwright, Martha Wainwright; Jolie Holland, Springtime Can Kill You; The Wailin' Jennys, Firecracker; Schoolhouse Rock. (I share my CD player with my son who's learning guitar.)
How many total albums do you own? (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Not too many. I'm not a collector. I listen to stuff until I want to share it with others.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Occasionally, legally. I prefer to support local music stores and musicians.
What was the first album you owned?
TNT by AC/DC (of course).
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Calexico, "Panic Open String"; Archie Roach, "There Is a Garden/Reprise."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Australian drinking songs. ("I love to have a beer with Duncan ...")
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Janis Joplin. I was exposed to her at a young age through my older brothers and sisters. (I'm one of seven.) She was such a free spirit: so sad, yet defiant and triumphant.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Archie Roach, Jamu Dreaming. He woke me up!