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Biography Book
25 Years of Grace: An Anniversary Tribute to Jeff Buckley’s Classic Album

Author: Merri Cyr with Jeff Apter.
Category: Biography
Carlton, Victoria: Nero, an imprint of Schwartz Publishing, 2019. 240pp. Hard cover LP sized book, lavishly illustrated with Cyr’s photos, text by Australian author Apter and reflections by a number of contemporaries.
ISBN 97817606418794.
http://blackincbooks.com
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I prefer to learn everything through music. If you want divinity, the music in every human being and their love for music is pretty much it. – Jeff Buckley

Biography Book
Awakening: Four Lives in Art

Author: Eileen Chanin, Steven Miller
Category: Biography, Book
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…

Biography Book
Beyond Black and White – My Life in Music

Author: Roger Woodward
Category: Biography, Book
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…

Biography Book
Céleste

Author: Roland Perry
Category: Biography, Book
Sydney: ABC Books / HarperCollinsPublishers Aust. Pty. Ltd. 2016. 388 pp. Accompanying CD (unreviewed)
ISBN 978-0-7333-3508-2 (pbk)
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“This biography is a fascinating description of the French demi-monde culture during the Second Empire, as experienced by Céleste Vénard (1824-1909), who eventually became the most celebrated courtesan in Paris. Roland Perry brings her inspiring story of courage and resilience to life for us in a very enjoyable read.”  

Biography Book
Daddy Who?

Author: Craig Horne
Category: Biography
Melbourne Books 2018. 259 pp. RRP $39.95
ISBN 9781925556254
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“A very personal story of Daddy Cool, the most successful Australian band of the early 1970s.”

Biography Book
Danger Music

Author: Eddie Ayres
Category: Biography, Book
Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2017. 291 pp.
ISBN 978 1 76029 069 6 paperback
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“So, where does a person go when they’re feeling suicidal? To Afghanistan of course! Danger Music charts a year in the life of Eddie Ayres, one so turbulent, so full of extremes, that it is hard to believe it all happened in such a short space of time.”

Biography Book
Elder on Music. Sir Mark Elder in Conversation with Raymond Holden

Author: Sir Mark Elder, interviewed by Raymond Holden
Category: Biography, Musical interpretation
London: Royal Academy of Music Press, 2019. 192pp
ISBN: 9781912892709
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“This is a masterly collaboration, a meeting of musical minds between conductor Sir Mark Elder and Raymond Holden. The conversations have been finely crafted, with an immediacy of exchange and spontaneity.”  

Biography Book
For Chris Mann

Author: Edited by Elaine R Barkin and Dorota Czerner, curated by Elaine R Barkin, produced by John Forshee
Category: Biography, Music creation, Music Criticism
Red Hook, New York: FOR CHRIS MANN, The Open Space Magazine #22, July 2020
ISSN 1525-4267
https://the-open-space.org/
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New York’s Open Space Magazine has recently published a grand, two-part issue to remember and celebrate the life and work of Melbourne-born poet and multi-media collaborator Chris Mann, who died in New York in 2018.

Biography Book
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 Book
I am Melba – a Biography

Author: Ann Blainey
Category: Biography, Book
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…

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

Author: Kate Ceberano, assisted by Tom Gilling
Category: Biography, Book
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…

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

Author: Jill Humble
Category: Biography, Book
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 Book
Kim Sanders’ Music. A collection of original compositions by this unique musician.

Author: Collated and edited by Linda Dawson and Mara Kiek
Category: Biography, Ethnomusicology, Musical scores
Linda Dawson
https://kimsandersworldmusic.com
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“The definitive collection of Australian world music pioneer Kim Sanders’ original compositions meticulously compiled by Linda Dawson, Mara and Llew Kiek, packed with anecdotes, technical information and images from a lifetime of adventure. An archive and a practical resource.” 

Biography Book
Musicians and Addiction. Research and Recovery Stories

Author: Dr Paul Saintilan, editor
Category: Biography, Music and the Body
Sydney: Music Australia, 2020. 366pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-6486883-0-3 Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-6486883-1-0 eBook – Kindle/Amazon/MOBI format ISBN-13: 978-0-6486883-2-7 eBook = EPUB format/other eBook retailers
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“An exposé and support resource for those affected and afflicted by the demons that circle around the music industry.”  

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