In a career spanning more than 20 years I've written (and ghostwritten) more than 20 commercially and critically well-received books, including biographies of Johnny O'Keefe, the Finn brothers, Keith Urban and Dragon's Marc Hunter. Australian sales of my books are well in excess of 100,000 copies. Most of my books are held in the official collection at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
My work and my good self have been profiled by such broadcasters as the ABC's Adam Spencer, Robbie Buck, Geraldine Doogue and Dom Knight, and in various newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Sun-Herald. I've appeared on various TV shows, including ABC's 730 program, Channel 9's Mornings and SBS's Insight. Three of my books have been chosen as Fairfax Media's 'pick of the week', including Tragedy (right), my latest.
I co-wrote the Kasey Chambers memoir, called A Little Bird Told Me, and worked with Mark Evans of AC/DC on his bestseller, Dirty Deeds. Kasey's book was part of the '50 Books You Can't Put Down' / Get Reading program in 2011, while Mark's book reached NPR's best music books of 2011 list.
In 2005, I worked with test cricketer turned commentator Michael Slater on his book, Slats.
My other books include studies of Jeff Buckley (which has been adapted for a feature film), the Finn brothers and Keith Urban. My books have been translated into numerous languages. I was ghostwriter on a project called In Harm's Way, the story of a former Australian soldier and his attempts to emancipate two children in Lebanon. I helped Michael Browning with his great memoirs about his life with Billy Thorpe, AC/DC, INXS and others, entitled Dog Eat Dog (published by Allen & Unwin in October 2014).
My biography of Johnny O'Keefe was published by Hachette Australia and has been really well received. It was the Sydney Morning Herald's Pick of the Week in their August 10 2013 issue; likewise The Age and the Canberra Times. It was also selected as one of Dymocks key books for Father's Day 2013. I'm taking with 3AW here about the book.
Up From Down Under: How Australian Music Changed the World was released in November 2013 and has been both a critical and commercial success. Click here for an exclusive extract. And here to listen to an interview with Red Symons about the book. Dymocks made it a featured book, while it's been given a five star review at Amazon.com and it's currently part of an Australia Post book campaign. My most recent book is called Tragedy: The Sad Ballad of the Gibb Brothers which was also the Sydney Morning Herald's non-fiction pick of the week on July 18 2015.
Here's a Fairfax piece regarding the books that have had a big influence on my writing.
I'm also involved as Creative Associate with an exciting Jeff and Tim Buckley musical event, A State of Grace, which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand during September 2015. My next co-writing project is entitled The Fighter and will be in stores September 2015.
I'm a member of the Australian Society of Authors and am part of their non-fiction writers' mentorship program.
For any enquiries, contact my agent Jo Butler at Cameron Creswell.
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