Paper Paradise: Do what you want to do is a roller coaster ride through the sex, drugs and rock and roll of the '60s and '70s to the high-flying business world of the '80s and into the '90s and beyond-with someone who lived it all.
It is a book about ambition, hunger, desperation, success and the fruits thereof. Oh yes, it is also about failure and fighting back.
Charting the extraordinary life and times of Glenn Wheatley, from working class boy to rock star of the 1960s and 1970s as a member of one of Australia's most successful early bands, the Masters Apprentices, now immortalised in the ARIA Hall of Fame. In their heyday, the Masters drew bigger crowds than the Beatles in Australia.
In the 1980s he soared from rock star to star manager of the Little River Band and Whispering Jack, John Farnham. He also pioneered the FM Radio industry with the first FM radio station to go to air in Australia, EON FM in Melbourne. He then went on to build the foundation of what is now the Triple M radio network.
It is a narrative littered with casualties and is an actual account of a self-protective society that has its own Kings and Queens, its own iconography, its own language.
After a meteoric rise in the fast lane, and an equally spectacular fall, he made it back to the top. Glenn was the ultimate rock and roll survivor.
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Publication Date: 10 March 2022
Foreword; Prologue; Leaving Home; When First Was Second; Who the Hell is Judy in Sydney?; Fairsky, Fairstar Farewell; Kings of the World; Its a Long Way There; New Kid in Town; Time for a Cool Change; Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong; The Only Thing Missing is Cash; Playing to Win; Jacks Back; Is the Pope a Catholic?; Send Me an Angel; Turn up Your Radio; Australian of the Year; A Touch of Paradise; Cheer, the Red and the White; Hit the Road, Jack; Radio Daze; Poison Ivy; Lawyers, Guns and Money; I Want My Pay TV; The Rise and Stall; Chain Reaction; Down for the Count; The Heart of the Matter; The Tide Turns; Jesus Christ Superstar (Everythings All Right); The Final Showdown; The Resurrection Shuffle; Back to the Drawing Board; Thats Freedom; Epilogue.
Glenn Wheatley's 40-year career in the entertainment industry is centred around Contemporary Music and Media. His business interests have expanded to encompass Artist Management, Recording and Radio. Glenn's career commenced as the bass player for the Masters Apprentices, a band that had many top ten hits in Australia during the late 1960s and early '70s. This ultimately lead to roles in personal management, music publishing and recording, event management and promotion. In 1975, after spending two years in London and the US, Glenn returned to Australia to form and manage Little River Band, who became the first Australian based band to achieve multi-platinum record sales in the U.S. In 1982, Glenn formed Talentworks and went on to manage the Little River Band, John Farnham, Australian Crawl, Ross Wilson, Pseudo Echo, Real Life and Delta Goodrem. In 1986, his record label Wheatley Records produced Farnham's album Whispering Jack, which remains Australia's highest selling album. Delta Goodrem's debut album Innocent Eyes is Australia's second highest selling album by an Australian artist giving Glenn the honour of the two highest selling Australian albums. In 1999 Glenn was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame (Masters Apprentices) and he is also a recipient of the Advance Australia Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Entertainment Industry, a Council Member for ScreenSound Australia.