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How To Make Gravy Special Edition

How To Make Gravy Special Edition

by Kelly Paul and Paul Kelly
Multiple copy pack
Publication Date: 29/09/2010
  $125.00
This special edition slipcased package contains Paul Kelly's much-anticipated memoir How To Make Gravy along with the companion A-Z Recordings box set, which includes eight CDs of new live recordings of the songs that form the book's chapters, stripped back to their essentials as mesmerising solo or duo performances. The box set also features a 64-page booklet of colour photographs. How To Make Gravy has its genesis in a series of concerts first staged in 2004. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them, and from those little tales grew How to Make Gravy, a memoir like no other. Each of its hundred chapters, also in alphabetical order by song title, consists of lyrics followed by a story, the nature of the latter taking its cue from the former. Some pieces are confessional, some tell Kelly's personal and family history, some take you on a road tour with the band, some form an idiosyncratic history of popular music, some are like small essays, some stand as a kind of how-to of the songwriter's art - from the point of inspiration to writing, honing, collaborating, performing, recording and reworking. Paul Kelly is a born storyteller. Give him two verses with a chorus or 550 pages, but he won't waste a word. How to Make Gravy is a long volume that's as tight as a three-piece band. There isn't a topic this man can't turn his pen to - contemporary music and the people who play it, football, cricket, literature, opera, social issues, love, loss, poetry, the land and the history of Australia ...... there are even quizzes. The writing is insightful, funny, honest, compassionate, intelligent, playful, erudite, warm, thought-provoking. Paul Kelly is a star with zero pretensions, an everyman who is also a renaissance man. He thinks and loves and travels and reads widely, and his musical memoir is destined to become a classic - it doesn't have a bum note on it.
ISBN:
9781926428260
9781926428260
Category:
Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Format:
Multiple copy pack
Publication Date:
29-09-2010
Publisher:
Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
Edition:
1st Edition
Pages:
576
Dimensions (mm):
246x165x85mm
Weight:
1.85kg
Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly was born in Adelaide, one of nine children, in 1955. He wrote his first song in 1976 and has been making records since 1978, over thirty to date. He has collaborated with many other songwriters and written music for film and theatre. His prose has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly, Rolling Stone and The Age and in 2010 he published a 'mongrel memoir', How to Make Gravy. His most recent album is 2019's Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds.

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