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Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and the Life In-between

Stuart Coupe

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Hachette Australia
28 July 2020
Biography; Biography: arts & entertainment
Australia's best music writer examines the life of Australian music legend Paul Kelly


Until now, no one has written the definitive biography of one of Australia's most loved singers, song writers and poets. Taking us from Paul Kelly's family life as the sixth of nine children in Adelaide, Stuart Coupe -  with Paul's blessing and with access to friends, family and band mates - shows us the evolution from a young man who only really picked up a guitar in his late teens to an Australian music icon.

As Paul's music career took off, he had to juggle the demands of rock'n'roll with real life and it wasn't always pretty. As Paul's manager for a time, Stuart Coupe has seen or heard it all - both the good and the bad.

This book looks at Paul Kelly's personal relationships and the impact they've had on his career and storytelling, as well as his generosity to other artists such as Archie Roach.

In 2017, Paul Kelly received an Order of Australia, acknowledging his distinguished service to the performing arts and the promotion of the national identity through his contributions as singer, songwriter and musician.

At the foundation of it all is his storytelling. Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and the Life In-between gives us an unfiltered examination of it all.
By:   Stuart Coupe
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   466g
ISBN:   9780733642340
ISBN 10:   0733642349
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   28 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stuart Coupe is an author, music commentator, independent artist publicist and radio broadcaster who has been involved with music all his life. Amongst the books he has written, edited or collaborated on are The New Music (1980), The New Rock 'n' Roll (1983), The Promoters (2003), Gudinski (2015), Tex (2017) and Roadies (2018).

Reviews for Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and the Life In-between

In a biography reminiscent of a cubist portrait, we see the musician through the eyes of those who have been part of his musical world. * NSW & VIC [PRINT] Spectrum, SMH & The Age [AUDIENCE: 386,260 ASR: AUD 100,912] * An important and revealing book. * Canberra Weekly [AUDIENCE: 43,073 ASR:952] * honest, revealing and a must-read for Paul Kelly fans and music lovers alike. * Sunraysia Daily [AUDIENCE: 7,268 ASR: 1,663 ] * This is one to read and keep. * QLD [PRINT] Noosa Today [AUDIENCE: 24,000] * Review in feature article - 'Plenty of curtain-lifting over his music v the music business.' * NATIONAL [PRINT] The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, et al. [TOTAL AUDIENCE: 807,249 TOTAL ASR: AUD 115,114] * this book is highly recommended to anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of one of his songs... It's hard to ask for anything more from a man, or from a book. * The Weekend Australia [AUDIENCE: 219,242 ASR: 121,251] * Coupe brings an insider's knowledge to bear in writing the first definitive biography on Kelly * QLD [PRINT] Courier Mail [AUDIENCE:166,502 ASR: 2,503 AUD] * Feature * SA [PRINT] Adelaide Advertiser [AUDIENCE: 149,005 ASR: AUD 9,189] * Review * Townsville Bulletin and Goldcoast Bulletin * Review * NATIONAL [PRINT] Daily Telegrah [AUDIENCE: 385,586 ASR: AUD 23,937] * Review * Courier Mail and Herald Sun [AUDIENCE: 303,140 ASR: AUD 5,159] *


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