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Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Playing to Win
Tue. 8 November 2016, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm AEDT
Playing to Win: The Definitive Biography of John Farnham
With Jeff Apter
John Farnham is the quintessential Aussie legend. As a teenager he gave up an apprenticeship to chase his musical dreams, hitting the big time with the catchy pop ditty ‘Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)’. But it wasn’t smooth sailing from there.
The Definitive Biography of John Farnham was made with the help of those close to John so is a complete account of John’s life and career. In this deeply personal and insightful biography, author and music industry insider Jeff Apter, provides a rare glimpse inside Farnsie’s world. Jeff reveals the drama behind John being named Australian of the Year, how the cassette demo of ‘You’re the Voice’ was nearly overlooked, and how John once accidentally sparked the attention of ASIO. Jeff also explores Farnham’s relationships with the figures who have been instrumental in making him ‘The Voice’.
Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans, Richard Clapton and rock-and-roll manager Michael Browning. He was also the creative consultant for 2015’s live production, A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley and spent four years on staff at Oz Rolling Stone.