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The 1980s songwriting partnership of McLennan/ Forster was a little like an Australian Lennon/ McCartney. The pair wrote all the band’s distinctively original material and, like their more famous counterparts, shared the credits and alternated on lead vocals. Grant & I is an extraordinary portrait of an intense, creative, sometimes fraught friendship that represented a genuine meeting of artistic minds.
In Grant & I, the reader is given a front-row seat at the sessions that produced an incredibly prolific and diverse song catalogue. Just as The Go-Betweens were like no other music group, so this book is like no other music memoir. It is wise and witty, poignant, insightful, self-deprecating and knowledgeable. Robert Forster is as natural a storyteller and prose writer as he is a songwriter, and Grant & I is an unforgettable ride.
Laura says: It took me a while to get around to reading this, but once I started, I couldn't put it down! Although I'm a fan of their music ("Cattle & Cane" is one of my favourite songs of all time) I know very little about the story of The Go-betweens, and it's a great story. As you'd expect, this is a beautifully written and wonderfully evocative tale of friendship and the highs and lows of being in a 'rock'n'roll' band from the end of the 70's, through the rise of indie in the 80's, and beyond. You don't have to be a fan of the band to enjoy this book either, it's just a really enjoyable read, but anyone who grew up in love with Postcard Records, the early days of Rough Trade Records and 80s indie with particularly will love it.