- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: Omnibus Press (6 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184938472X
- ISBN-13: 978-1849384728
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Together Alone: The Story of the Finn Brothers Paperback – 6 Sep 2010
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More About the Author
I also co-wrote the recent 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 made 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.
My biography of Johnny O'Keefe, out through Hachette Australia, has been really well received. It was the Sydney Morning Herald's Pick of the Week in their August 10 issue; likewise The Age and the Canberra Times. It was also selected as one of Dymocks key books for Father's Day 2013. Up From Down Under: How Australian Music Changed the World was released in November 2013.
I'm a senior writer for Oz Rolling Stone (where I was on staff for several years) and also write for South Coast Style and the Sydney Morning Herald. I was the music reviewer for The Bulletin for many years and was a senior writer for Vogue. I also contribute to on-line mag the Hoopla.
I'm on Facebook and can also be reached through this site. I'm represented by literary agency Curtis Brown.
About the Author
The former Music Editor of Australian Rolling Stone, Jeff Apter is the author of the critically and commercially successful books, Fornication: The Red Hot Chili Peppers Story; Never Enough: The Story Of The Cure; A New Tomorrow: The Silverchair Story, all published by Omnibus Press, amongst others. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children and a hefty music collection.
Top Customer Reviews
The book majors on the early years and Split Enz, relying heavily on the Radio New Zealand "Enzology" radio series for the best lines and quotes. (Look up this excellent and highly recommended series, which includes rare interviews and recordings, is now available for free on iTunes.) The last 10 years are glossed over, which is another omission as this period saw them move into different stages, producing some excellent work.
So, probably one for fans who are looking for a readable distillation of the story as we know it - and it is welcome for that. However, there is so much more to be said and this whets the appetite for something from Tim or Neil themselves. Now that would be something special!
The first two Crowded House albums - Crowded House and Temple of Low Men - are despatched within 10 pages. There's no more than a passing reference to their 2007 come-back album, Time On Earth, and no mention at all of their latest offering, Intriguer, although the author was clearly aware of its imminent release as he signed off. Not very good timing.
Part of the problem seems to be that people from the Finn Brothers' early days were willing to talk but those from more recent times were not; nor would the Finn Brothers themselves cooperate. But that only explains the turgid detail of the early years. It doesn't excuse the huge imbalance in the book or its uninspiring style. Many rock authors are faced with the difficulty of an uncooperative subject but manage to produce a perceptive and iinformative read. This book doesn't. Boring trivia abound - do we really need to know that the promoter of the first Split Enz gig would later play a key role in the careers of country superstars Alan Jackson and Keith Urban ...promote tours for such heavyweights as Elton John, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles ...that he worked as a florist in Christchurch and that he managed two other acts?! That about sums it up.
The Finn Brothers - together and alone - have produced some great music over the last 30 years. It's a shame that this book, which purports to be the first to tell their story, so singularly fails to capture the essence of their music and their lives.