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Musical Memoirs

Several prominent local musicians have written intriguing autobiographies over the years. With that in mind, Music Lovers recommends some interesting musician autobiographies together with key albums by the artists, all available in the library catalogue.

Tex
Tex Perkins

From stories of growing up in a working class suburb of Brisbane in the 1970s to his present day position as one of Australia's most respected singer-songwriters, “Tex” packs in plenty of stories of rock ‘n’ roll excess into its easygoing, humorous prose. The book covers Perkins’ eye-opening adventures fronting the Beasts of Bourbon while living in Sydney squats during the 1980s, to stardom with the Cruel Sea in the ‘90s and more recent success portraying Johnny Cash in the Man in Black stage show.

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Recommended Album:
"Black Milk"

A diverse collection of songs from the Tex Perkins-fronted Beasts of Bourbon, one of Australia's greatest ever rock bands.

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Shots
Don Walker

Widely regarded as one of Australia’s best songwriters, Don Walker first made his mark as the keyboard player and main songwriter of rock legends Cold Chisel. Since the initial demise of that band in the mid-1980s, Walker has released numerous solo albums and collaborated on highly regarded projects such as Tex, Don and Charlie. “Shots” looks at Walker’s early years growing up in rural Queensland, forming Cold Chisel in South Australia, and the band’s first few years of obscurity in Sydney. Far from being a typical tale of rock ‘n’ roll excess (although there is some of that), “Shots” is a highly original and literate book from an intelligent and observant writer.

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Recommended Album:
"East"

The most popular album by Cold Chisel, featuring classic Don Walker songs such as "Cheap Wine" and "Standing on the Outside."

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Road Series
Hugo Race

Hugo Race has been hugely influential in the underground Australian rock scene since starting out playing guitar with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in the early 1980s. After fronting his own band The Wreckery for the remainder of that decade, Race moved to Europe and formed the band True Spirit, who have recorded albums and toured the world steadily since the early 1990s. Along the way, Race has also released solo albums and collaborated with other musicians for projects such as Dirt Music and Fatalists. “Road Series” is an unflinching look at life on the road for a singer-songwriter who has never achieved mainstream success, but who nevertheless has managed to survive and thrive as an original and influential working musician.

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Recommended Album:
"John Lee Hooker's World Today"

This solo album features atmospheric versions of songs written by blues musician John Lee Hooker, creating an interesting modern take on the blues.

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Detours
Tim Rogers

Like the songs he writes for his rock band You Am I, “Detours” is full of self-depreciating humour and vividly observed snapshots of everyday life, albeit the slightly unusual life of a successful rock musician. Rather than the typical chronological approach, this autobiography presents chapters that talk about particular random events in Rogers’ life, creating a kaleidoscopic impression of a complex character who has lived an interesting artistic life.

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Recommended Album:
"Hourly Daily"

Originally released in 1996, "Hourly Daily" is widely regarded as one of the best albums by one of Australia's best-loved rock bands.

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"Life: Things to Get You By"
Marcia Hines

Although born in the USA, Marcia Hines came to Australia as a teenager and quickly established herself as one of the most successful local female singers of all time. In this interesting book, the much-loved entertainer offers wisdom, warmth and positive advice for a happy life based on her experiences growing up and working in the entertainment world.

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