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Whether you know and love him from Mental as Anything, Mambo or as the fine artist whose works are sought by collectors around the world, this is the book everyone will want to own.
After all, Reg Mombassa's dazzling talent, eye for the absurd and unashamed idealism has made us rock, laugh and think for more than 30 years. His sense of mischief resonated in the songs and performances of the Mentals, whose music became the soundtrack to a generation's misbegotten youth. His frequently macabre and always distinctive designs for Mambo captured the imagination of another generation and are now collector's items. His whimsy is reflected in his idiosyncratic pop art, and in the fine art landscapes sought after by collectors as diverse as early mentor Patrick White to Elton John.
As Andrew Denton says: 'At Reg's exhibitions, the red dots go up on the walls before the paintings do'. Who else could have Elvis Costello producing his records, or the likes of Johnny Rotten and Crowded House seeking his record cover designs?
But there is much more to Reg Mombassa, as fellow New Zealand-born painter and writer Murray Waldren will show, with a little help from Reg. This is not just a biography and it's much more than an illustrated book. It's a glorious celebration of a mind and times that's as bold, entertaining and unique as the man himself.
About the Author
Murray Waldren has been at The Australian newspaper for 25 years. His literary profiles, interviews, reviews, reports and columns have appeared in The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Weekend Australian Magazine, as has his other journalism. He writes the Literary Liaisons website and has been a judge for The Australian /Vogels Awards, the NSW Premiers Award, the ABC Fiction Award and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
"As colourful, entertaining and boldly original as the man himself, this is makes a fantastic present. Christopher O'Doherty aka Reg Mombassa has a special places in our hearts not only for his influence on Mental As Anything, but also for his fabulous pop art. What fewer people realise is the finely worked landscapes that have also emerged from his imagination. This is Mombassa as you have never seen him before - 300 original artworks, photographs, posters and band memorabilia."
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st November 2009
Dimensions (cm): 27.2 x 21.1 x 5.2
Weight (kg): 2.51