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29th December 2007 ... The Brisbane Sound


Graham Aisthorpe, The Go-Betweens, Brisbane, October 1980. Courtesy of David Pestorius Projects, Brisbane. The Brisbane Sound runs at Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art from 9th February - 8th March 2008. This show, which explores the connections between Brisbane's independent music and arts scenes between 1978 and 1983, includes several events and exhibits likely to be of interest to readers of this site.

On Saturday 16th February8th March, Robert Forster curates an evening of music including performances by The Apartments; Adults Today (featuring Glenn Thompson); Robert Forster and Adele Pickvance; and Trevor Ludlow and the Hellraisers.

Exhibits on show during the month include a 1979 television commercial for the Toowong Music Centre starring Robert Forster and Grant McLennan; the short film Heather's Gloves, scripted by Grant McLennan and starring Robert Vickers; a selection from an October 1980 photo-shoot of The Go-Betweens by Graham Aisthorpe, which marked Lindy Morrison's entry into the group; posters for the Lee Remick and People Say singles; and Jenny Watson's original portraits used on the Send Me A Lullaby cover.

Further information on The Brisbane Sound can be found on the Institute of Modern Art website and on the David Pestorius Projects website.


21st December 2007 ... Glenn Thompson interviewed in The Sunday Times


Beachfield album cover Where a Go-Between went next, an interview with Glenn Thompson, recently appeared in The Sunday Times (issue dated 16th December 2007). The interview, about Glenn's album with Beachfield, Brighton Bothways, can also be downloaded as a jpeg.


12th December 2007 ... 'Robert Forster plays The Velvet Underground' reviewed


Andy Warhol A review of Robert Forster's recent performance at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art appears on the Mess + Noise website


5th December 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly


The Monthly Robert Forster has a new article in the latest issue of The Monthly. Confession & Hits (Hits & Confession) reviews Delta Goodrem's latest album, Delta, and appears in the December 2007-January 2008 edition.


15th November 2007 ... Robert Forster plays The Velvet Underground


Andy Warhol Robert Forster will perform a set of songs by The Velvet Underground as part of the opening programme of the Andy Warhol exhibition at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art. The show takes place on Saturday 8th December.
Joining Robert for the show will be Adele Pickvance, Dylan McCormack, Susie Patten and Karin Bäumler. Tickets for the evening go on sale on Monday 19th November via gtix.


15th November 2007 ... 'Surfing Magazines' quoted in book about surfing


High Surf by Tim Baker Some of the lyrics from The Go-Betweens' Surfing Magazines are quoted as the prelude to a chapter in High Surf, a book about the lives of famous surfers by Australian write Tim Baker recently published by Harper Collins.


15th November 2007 ... Glenn Thompson album reviewed in NME

Beachfield album cover Beachfield, featuring Glenn Thompson, have their album Brighton Bothways reviewed in the NME.


7th November 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly

The Monthly front cover, November 2007 Robert Forster's latest article for The Monthly, An Afternoon at Rough Trade, appears in the November 2007 edition of the magazine. In the article, Robert writes about a recent visit to the Rough Trade record shop in London.


1st November 2007 ... Robert Forster album news in Mojo Magazine

Mojo Magazine December 2007 cover A short report on the making of Robert Forster's new album The Evangelist appears in the new (December 2007) edition of Mojo magazine.


26th October 2007 ... Robert Forster article included in Best Music Writing 2007

Best Music Writing 2007 cover Best Music Writing 2007, an anthology of the best music writing from the last 12 months from around the world edited by Robert Christgau and Daphne Carr, has been published by Da Capo Press. It contains Robert Forster's article on Grant McLennan, A True Hipster, first published in The Monthly. For a full list of the contents of the book click here.


22nd October 2007 ... new Robert Forster album nears completion

Recording is nearing completion for Robert Forster's new album, his first solo recording in 11 years. The album has 10 new songs and features the talents of Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson as well as a number of other musicians.
The album is produced by Mark Wallis and Dave Ruffy and is due for release in early 2008.

An archive radio session of The Go-Betweens recorded for the John Peel Show in 1984 is featured on BBC 6music's Gideon Coe show at 10pm BST tonight. The show can be heard on-line.


3rd October 2007 ... Glenn Thompson album released

Beachfield album cover Beachfield, featuring Glenn Thompson, have their debut album released throughout Europe on Tuition Records. The album will be released in Germany on 5th October and in the UK (with distribution via Shellshock) on 5th November.


4th September 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly

Robert Forster writes about The Saints recent reformation in Brisbane in the new (September 2007) issue of The Monthly.

Robert Christgau's review of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan's Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997 appears on the Rolling Stone website.


16th August 2007 ... The Brisbane Sound exhibition

In February 2008 the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane will be presenting an exhibition entitled The Brisbane Sound. The exhibtion will include graphic work, sound, films and concerts covering the indie music and experimental arts/music scenes in Brisbane in the early 1980s. The work of Ed Kuepper, Robert Forster and Eugene Carchesio will be featured and each will curate a concert during the exhibition. Also showing will be a 1979 television commercial for the Toowong Music Centre by The Go-Betweens.

Work on The Brisbane Sound project has commenced at the Pestorius Sweeney House where more information can be found.


7th August 2007 ... Robert Forster on Australia Talks

Robert Forster appeared on Australia Talks on ABC Radio National on Friday 3rd August, in a programme discussing Australian songs and songwriting. The programme is available as a podcast from the Australia Talks website.


5th August 2007 ... reviews of The Four Ages of Robert Forster

Reviews of the recent Four Ages of Robert Forster shows at the Brisbane Powerhouse appear in the current issue of Rave magazine and in The Sunday Mail.


2nd August 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly

Robert Forster writes about Meg Baird's new album Dear Companion and about the current psychedelic folk scene in the new (August 2007) issue of The Monthly.


29th July 2007 ... Robert Forster plays The Go-Betweens

The fourth and last of the Four Ages Of Robert Forster shows has taken place in Brisbane. Here is the setlist for The Songs of The Go-Betweens show.


28th July 2007 ... Robert Forster plays 'Warm Nights'

The third of the Four Ages Of Robert Forster shows has taken place in Brisbane. Here is the setlist for the Warm Nights show.


27th July 2007 ... Robert Forster plays 'Calling From A Country Phone'

The second of the Four Ages Of Robert Forster shows has taken place in Brisbane. Here is the setlist for the Calling From A Country Phone show.


26th July 2007 ... Robert Forster plays 'Danger In The Past'

The first of the Four Ages Of Robert Forster shows has taken place in Brisbane. Here is the setlist for the Danger In The Past show.


23rd July 2007 ... David McCormack writes about The Go-Betweens

David McCormack has written an article for MAG about The Go-Betweens, including his memories of the first time he saw the band play live. Write Your Inspiration Down can be read on the MAG website.

Also on the MAG website is a review of The Go-Betweens tribute CD Write Your Adventures Down.

A review of the Robert Forster and Grant McLennan album Intermission: the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997 appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 21st July.


23rd July 2007 ... Go-Betweens honoured by Brisbane Council

The Go-Betweens are the first act chosen to have a plaque in the new Rock 'n' Roll Walk of Fame to be installed in the paving of Brisbane's Brunswick Street Mall. A further nine acts will be chosen to have commemorative plaques - these acts will be chosen by public vote from a short-list of thirty. The Go-Betweens plaque will be installed in September.


22nd July 2007 ... Plan B Intermission review

A review of Intermission from Plan B magazine has been added to the Intermission page.


17th July 2007 ... more Intermission reviews; new Robert Forster interview

More reviews of Intermission, including those from Word, Uncut, Q, Mojo and Record Collector, have been added to the Intermission page.

An extensive new interview with Robert Forster recently appeared in The Courier-Mail.


3rd July 2007 ... Robert Forster Teletext interview

The recent Teletext interview with Robert Forster is now available on this site. It includes discussion of the recent Intermission compilation of Robert Forster's and Grant McLennan's solo recordings and a look forward to Robert's next album.


3rd July 2007 ... more reviews for Intermission

Reviews of Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997 appear in the new issues of Mojo, Q and Uncut magazines (all issues dated August 2007). The Uncut review includes a short interview with Robert Forster.


3rd July 2007 ... new Robert Forster article in The Monthly

Robert Forster has an article in the new edition of The Monthly magazine (issue dated July 2007). "Pop Producer in B-Grade Movie Actress Murder Trial” reviews the new autobiography of Phil Spector, Tearing Down The Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector, written by Mick Brown.


23rd June 2007 ... new Robert Forster interview

A new interview with Robert Forster will be on Teletext.co.uk. Part one of the interview will appear on Monday 25th June, with part two following on Tuesday 26th June.


19th June 2007 ... more reviews for 'Intermission'

More reviews for Robert Forster and Grant McLennan's Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997 have been published, in The Sunday Times, TNT, All Music Guide and Westzeit. Links to all reviews can be found on the Intermission page.


15th June 2007 ... The Independent reviews 'Intermission'

The Independent in the UK has published a review of Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997. The review appears on The Independent website and in today's print edition.


11th June 2007 ... Sydney Morning Herald writes about Go-Betweens tribute album

The Sydney Morning Herald has an article, Go-Betweens a hit 30 years on, about the new Go-Betweens tribute album Write Your Adventures Down. The article includes and interview with the album's co-producer, David McCormack.


7th June 2007 ... Beggars Banquet web page for Intermission

Beggars Banquet have a web page for the Robert Forster and Grant McLennan release Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997. It contains full details of the release, videos for many of the tracks, downloadable artwork from the album and a 1996 audio interview with Robert and Grant discussing their work with The Go-Betweens.


6th June 2007 ... new novel references The Go-Betweens

A new novel, 'Iraqi Icicle', written by Bernie Dowling, has been published. A modern detective thriller, it uses the history of the Go-Betweens as a metaphor for Australia's geo-political place in the world and quotes liberally from The Go-Betweens' lyrics. The novel is available as a print edition or as a download from Lulu or Lulu UK.


2nd June 2007 ... tribute album reviewed

A review of Write Your Adventures Down - a tribute to The Go-Betweens appears on the Sydney Star Observer website


18th May 2007 ... tribute album release and launch show

Write Your Adventures Down - a tribute to The Go-Betweens will be released by The Red Label on 16th June 2007. It features new versions of Go-Betweens songs by many of the performers from the recent Triple J Go-Betweens tribute show in Brisbane.

Write Your Adventures Down will be launched at the Pauhaus Festival at the Powerhouse in Brisbane on Saturday 9th June. Performers at the festival include Ed Kuepper, The Grates, The Panics and David McCormack.


16th May 2007 ... Robert Forster live shows

Robert Forster performs four nights at the Queensland Music Festival at the end of July. The shows, entitled The Four Ages of Robert Forster, will be different each night and take place from 25th-28th July 2007 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. For more details and for ticket information see the Queensland Music Festival website.


7th May 2007 ... Go-Betweens tribute show repeat broadcast

The Go-Betweens tribute concert recently broadcast in Australia on JTV will have repeat broadcasts on ABC2 on Tuesday 8th May at 10pm and on Sunday 13th May at 10am. For more information see jtv Live: The Go-Betweens Tribute on the ABC website.


1st May 2007 ... Go-Betweens tribute show repeat broadcast; Robert Forster article

The Go-Betweens tribute concert, recorded at the Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane on 30th November 2006, will be broadcast on Saturday 5th May at 11pm by ABC TV on JTV Live. Performers in the concert include Sarah Blasko, Glenn Richards (Augie March), Kevin Mitchell (aka Bob Evans), Darren Hanlon, Dan Kelly, Ian Haug (Powderfinger), Cameron Emerson and Toby Martin (Youth Group), and a house band of David McCormack, Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson.

Robert Forster's article on Bryan Ferry's new album of Bob Dylan covers, Dylanesque, appears in the May 2007 edition of The Monthly magazine.


29th April 2007 ... more on Intermission - the best of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan

A press release explaining the gestation of Intermission, the forthcoming release of the best of the solo recordings of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, has been released.

Read the press release here.


10th April 2007 ... Intermission - the best of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan

Intermission - the best of the solo recordings 1990-1997, a compilation of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan's solo recordings, will be released in June 2007 by Beggars Banquet in Europe and the USA and by EMI in Australia. Intermission is a 2 CD package with lyric book, with one CD comprising the best of the Robert Forster recordings and one CD the best of the Grant McLennan recordings. The recordings on each disc were chosen by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan respectively.

For more information on this release click here.


4th April 2007 ... Robert Forster article in The Monthly

No Weddings And A Funeral, Robert Forster's review of Lucinda Williams' album West, appears in the April 2007 edition of The Monthly.


11th March 2007 ... Robert Forster article in The Sunday Times

Robert Forster's article on Creedence Clearwater Revival's Have You Ever Seen The Rain? is in today's edition of the Sunday Times and is available on-line.


8th March 2007 ... Robert Forster reviews The Shins and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Robert Forster's writes about the new albums from The Shins and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in the latest issue of The Monthly magazine, issue dated March 2007.

Robert also has an article in the next edition (issue dated 11th March) of the Sunday Times.


19th February 2007

Pitchfork has a story on a Grant McLennan tribute album due for release in September 2007.


6th February 2007

Robert Forster's latest piece for The Monthly is entitled A West Side Story and concerns the Belvoir St Theatre production of Keating. The article appears in the February issue.


15th January 2007

Future Pilot AKA's album Secrets From The Clockhouse will be released in the UK on Creeping Bent Records on 5th February. The album includes the track The City of Lights, which features Robert Forster and Grant McLennan on vocals. Other guests on the album include Damo Suzuki, Alasdair Gray, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Davy Henderson and Mike Watt.


1st January 2007

Robert Forster sings one track on the album Songs For The Young At Heart, released on City Slang and V2 in February 2007. The album also features contributions from Jarvis Cocker, Stuart Murdoch and Bonnie Prince Billy and was compiled by Stuart Staples and Dave Boulter.


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