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Half Deaf, Completely Mad : The Chaotic Genius of Australia's Most Legendary Music Producer - Tony Cohen

Half Deaf, Completely Mad

The Chaotic Genius of Australia's Most Legendary Music Producer

By: Tony Cohen, John Olson

Paperback | 30 May 2023

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The music and mayhem behind the seminal sounds of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Models, The Go-Betweens, Hunters & Collectors, Cold Chisel, The Saints, The Cruel Sea and so many more

'The most obsessive, single-minded character I've ever seen, outside of the mirror' -Nick Cave

'I first met Nick Cave ... at Richmond Recorders in January. I appeared shoeless, red-eyed and late. As usual. The grand piano was overflowing with bits of metal, microphone stands, anything that wasn't nailed down. "That should sound interesting," I said. It was the start of a great love affair.'

Maverick music producer-engineer Tony Cohen defined Australia's punk and rock sounds in the late '70s, '80s and '90s. His long and celebrated career took him from the studios of Melbourne and Sydney to West Berlin and London's Abbey Road, working with innumerable bands up until his death in 2017.

In candid reflections, Tony shares details of his decades-long relationship with Nick Cave (The Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and provides behind-the-scenes access to recordings by Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Cat Stevens, Jim Keays, Lobby Loyde, The Ferrets, Split Enz, Laughing Clowns, Models, Magazine, The Reels, The Go-Betweens, Hunters & Collectors, Cold Chisel, Beasts of Bourbon, The Saints, X, Michael Hutchence, The Cruel Sea, TISM, Paul Kelly and so many more.

Half Deaf, Completely Mad is a hilarious, tragic and triumphant memoir that reveals a chaotic genius who lived hard and LOUD.

About the Author

Tony Cohen started out as a fifteen-year-old dubbing boy at Armstrong Studios and went on to become the most sought-after music producer in Australia and the winner of three ARIA awards. His forthcoming posthumous book is Half Deaf, Completely Mad.

John Olson is a producer-engineer, archivist and researcher of film, television, radio and music history. His forthcoming book with Tony Cohen is Half Deaf, Completely Mad.

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