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Biography
Awakening: Four Lives in Art

Author: Eileen Chanin, Steven Miller
Category: Biography, Books
Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2015. 229pp. Paperback
ISBN: 978 1 74305 365 2
www.wakefieldpress.com.au
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Four inspiring women, though not exactly household names today, are given some much-deserved attention in this engrossing publication. Dora Ohlfsen, Louise Dyer, Clarice Zander and Mary Cecil Allen, born in Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century, all…

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Beyond Black and White – My Life in Music

Author: Roger Woodward
Category: Biography, Books
Sydney: HarperCollinsPublishers Australia Pty Limited, 2014. 609pp ABC Books under licence.
ISBN: 978 0 7333 2303
www.harpercollins.com.au
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In contrast with the austere black and white dust jacket, the first thing one sees when opening this book is the vividly coloured endpaper, painted by the nine year old author; such talent would surely lead to a future as…

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Grant and I: Inside and Outside The Go-Betweens

Author: Robert Forster
Category: Biography
Australia: Penguin Hamish Hamilton 2016, 339pp.
ISBN 9780670078226 (pbk)
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In December 1977, Robert Forster asked Grant McLennan to form a band with him. Some weeks later, McLennan agreed and The Go-Betweens were formed. Grant and I is a story of Forster and McLennan, their friendship and the music they…

Biography
I am Melba – a Biography

Author: Ann Blainey
Category: Biography, Books
Black Inc Publishing
ISBN 9781863953672
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Ann Blainey makes no apology for adding to the already substantial collection of biographies of Miss Nellie Mitchell. In her Preface, she acknowledges her debt to her forerunners Agnes Murphy, John Hetherington, Thérèse Radic and Pamela Vestey, but claims the…

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I’m Talking. My life, my words, my music

Author: Kate Ceberano, assisted by Tom Gilling
Category: Biography, Books
Sydney: Hachette Australia, 2014. 324 pages
ISBN 978 0 7336 3023 1 (pbk)
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“Eclectic” is surely a key word in the story of Kate Ceberano. In case you are unaware, she has achieved success singing rock, pop, jazz, funk, dance, the role of Mary Magdalene in a highly successful production of Jesus Christ…

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Keith Humble, Music and Me – Memories of a Shared Life

Author: Jill Humble
Category: Biography, Books
Healesville, Victoria: Fernmill Books, 2015 (121 pages). Available by emailing John Whiteoak, whiteoak@hotkey.net.au or writing to Fernmill Books PO Box 395, Healesville 3777
ISBN 978-0-646-93884-4
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I had the honour in 1971 of organising and promoting the premiere performance of Keith Humble’s Nunique VI in the Great Hall of The University of Sydney. I spent three days prior to the performance working with Keith and his…

Biography
Rules of Engagement

Author: Kim Williams
Category: Biography, Books
Melbourne: Miegunyah Press, 2014. 322pp
ISBN 9780522866933
www.mup.com.au
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For decades, Kim Williams has held significant management roles in the arts and media sector in Australian. His memoir, Rules of Engagement, provides us with a beautifully written insider account of the personal, policy and corporate struggles that occurred behind…

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Sophisto-Punk: The Story of Mark Opitz and Oz Rock

Author: Luke Wallis, Jeff Jenkins and Mark Opitz
Category: Biography, Books
Sydney: Ebury Press 2012, 361pp.
ISBN 9781742757933
www.randomhouse.com.au
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It’s rare that a book on the Australian music industry provides a perspective from behind the mixing desk. That’s why Sophisto-Punk, the biography of award winning producer Mark Opitz, is so valuable. Co-writers Luke Wallis and Jeff Jenkins met Opitz…

Biography
Steady, Steady

Author: Henry ‘Seaman’ Dan and Karl Neuenfeldt
Category: Biography, Books, Ethnomusicology
Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 2013. 170pp.Includes CD, Seaman Dan, Still on Deck : Personal Favourites, 2013, Steady, Steady Music
ISBN 9781922059208
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Canadian-Australian academic Karl Neuenfeldt first met Torres Strait Islander singer Seaman Dan in 1999, the year Dan turned 70. Neuenfeldt, then a researcher at Central Queensland University, was on Thursday Island at the local radio station, 4MW (Meriba Wakai), conducting…

Biography
The Bee Gees: The Biography

Author: David N Meyer
Category: Biography, Books
North Sydney: Ebury Books, Random House, 2013, 319pp.
ISBN 978 1 74275 157 (pbk)
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The Bee Gees are one of the great enigmas of popular music – nothing seems to be consistent. Unfairly derided, they are among the world’s biggest selling acts: only the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Garth Brooks outsell them. Yet, they…

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The Beethoven Obsession. The story of Gerard Willems recording of all Beethoven’s piano works on the Stuart piano

Author: Brendan Ward
Category: Biography, Books, Musicology
Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2013, 269pp.
ISBN 9781742233956 (pbk)
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Ward recounts the fascinating story of three men, and their project to record the complete Beethoven piano works on the unique Australian made Stuart piano. These three men are Brendan Ward a former TV cameraman from Kingaroy QLD, Wayne Stuart…

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The Never, Um, Ever Ending Story: Life, Countdown and Everything in Between

Author: Ian Molly Meldrum with Jeff Jenkin
Category: Biography, Books
Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, 2014. 456pp.
ISBN 978 1 76011 205 9 (hardback)
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The Executive Producer of Countdown, Michael Shrimpton once said that Molly Meldrum was ‘a collection of nouns searching for a verb’. Actually, Molly has done a lot of verbing in his life, much of it with a capital ‘V’. One…

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The Shock of Recognition: the books and music that have inspired me

Author: Barry Jones
Category: Biography, Books, Music Criticism
Sydney: Allen and Unwin 2016. 412 pp. Paperback
ISBN 9781741759662
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Barry’s open house: a classic’s classics. A visit to a colleague’s house will often bring you face to face with their books and music, sometimes on display, sometimes stacked haphazardly throughout rooms. A window into their interests and influences, a…

Biography
The Youngs: The brothers who built AC/DC

Author: Jesse Fink
Category: Biography, Books
North Sydney, Ebury Press, a division of Random House, 2013, 313 pages
ISBN 1 74275 979 1
www.randomhouse.com.au
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Writing a book on AC/DC is difficult. The achievements are immense. The second biggest selling rock album of all time: Back in Black(only beaten by Michael Jackson’s Thriller, according to most sales statistics). A live act which remains energetic…

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Working Class Boy. Jimmy Barnes

Author: Jimmy Barnes
Category: Biography
Sydney: Harper Collins Publishers Australia P/L, 2016. 362pp.
ISBN 9781460752135 (hbk)
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“Given the relentless violence and almost unbelievable amount of alcohol, hallucinogens and speed he consumed for so many years, it is nothing short of a marvel that Jimmy Barnes’ recollections are so clear, stark and even humorous.”

Biography
Wotan’s Daughter. The Life of Marjorie Lawrence

Author: Richard Davis
Category: Biography, Books
Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press. 331pp.
ISBN 9781743051221 (pbk)
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The story of soprano Marjorie Lawrence has all the threads common to Australian musicians who get themselves to the other side of the world and establish international reputations. Outstanding talent and unshakable belief in their worth, willingness to pursue the…

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The Remarkable Mr Morrison. The Virtuosity and Versatility of Australia’s Master Musician

Author: Mervyn E. Collins
Category: Biography, Books
Melbourne: Melbourne Books, 2014, 317pp.
ISBN 9781922129444 (pbk)
www.melbournebooks.com.au
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Jazzman James Morrison was born with exceptional gifts which became evident from early childhood when he tried playing all the instruments his older brother brought home from school. He started playing in bands at the age of eight, first at…