A stunning, full-colour hardback filled with the songs and stories of Slim Dusty and his wife and fellow singer and songwriter, Joy McKean.
The perfect gift book for Slim Dusty s legions of fans, whose numbers are still strong even years after his death.
Joy McKean wrote many of her husband Slim Dusty s most well-loved songs, such as Lights on the Hill and When the Rain Tumbles Down in July . She is a natural writer and now she turns her talent to telling us the stories behind 25 of their most popular songs. Through the lyrics and stories she gives us an intimate insight into her life on the road with Slim. This couple were famous around Australia for their performances and for their love of the outback and its people. Slim and Joy were awarded a total of 37 Golden Guitars between them, and Joy is respected by other performers both in and out of the country music scene, such as Troy Cassar Daley and Paul Kelly.
This beautiful, fully illustrated hardback will comprise of a selection of 25 lyrics, Joy s stories and reminisces about each song, photographs from the family collection and outstanding shots by acclaimed photographer John Elliott, who has been photographing Slim and Joy, their band and family for decades.
About the Author
Joy Mckean became famous performing with her sister Heather in the 1950s, writing songs that have become Australian classics, and creating a lifelong partnership with Slim Dusty. She wrote many of Slim s most famous songs, and showed her talent as a writer in the bestselling biography of Slim, ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TOWN.
Photographer John Elliot grew up listening to Slim Dusty s music and regularly attending his performances. He worked in radio for many years and remained a fan of Slim Dusty s work. He managed to meet the legend and eventually got to take his picture. Little did he know that he would then be travelling with and photographing Slim for over fifteen years.
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Comments about I've Been There (and Back Again):
This was bought as a gift, but I had a good look through first. Really good book in this genre.
his is a gorgeous memoir and keepsake from Joy McKean who shared songs, lyrics and life with Australia's country music legend Slim Dusty for more than 50 years.
Through the lyrics of their much loved songs, McKean takes readers into the life she shared at home, on the stage and on the road singing, writing and performing. It includes many never before seen images from their own family albums as well as lyrics from their iconic songs and musings about where and why they were written.
Bush ballads and bush life are recounted in detail as Joy tells of an Australian way of life that is almost gone. From the old showgrounds of the 50s to the grand theatres of the big cities, the old-time music halls of country Australia and some of the most remote areas of the continent, this is a tribute to a great country music love affair.
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 25th October 2011
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 26.4 x 24.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 1.2