Grant & I
by Robert Forster
Editor: Penguin Books Australia
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The Go-Betweens, one of Australia’s most talented and influential groups, very close was not.Grant McLennan didn’t want to be in a band, and couldn’t even play an instrument.This did not stop the Forster/McLennan singer-songwriter-songwriter duo from becoming one of the most acclaimed partnerships in Australian music history.Just like Les Go-Betweens always challenged by categorization, Grants and I’m not like the other memory rockers.His heart is a privilege to discover a prolific artistic collaboration that lasted for three decades, and an extraordinary friendship, which rolled on the breaking band to remain strong until the Grant for premature death in 2006.The traditional approach of the range and watch, note for near-incidents and near-incidents, always a beat on the side of the general public, the band is unusual beginnings were followed by bounces often confused its members as well as fans and record companies.The history of The Go-Betweens is also the history of the period, and Grant & I is a marvel of perception to look at the music industry and a quick look at the sounds of the time.As distinctive of a prose writer there are songs, Robert Forster is wise and witty, intimate and frank, astute and well-informed.There would be no better tribute than Grants and I have to this partnership and band that remain loved and venerated.The most true and strangest poet of his generationNick Cave An odyssey of friendship, ambition and the struggle of artA clear and convincing ideaPaul Kelly’ Grant & I is a beautifully written book.You long time to hear McLennan’s voice, at the sight of the tape, and Forster, through his eyesThere is still, even after McLennan’s death, a potential feeling about this relationship.Los Angeles Review of Books”Just up there with Julian Cope on top of the head for rock’ n’ roll rip-roaring pride.”(A) shine of the page-turnerSome rock artists have been reminding us that in a perceptive way and without flinching (Subsidy), but also to the love of prose.Andrew Perry, Mojo (5 stars)’ Forster accounting
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