December 12th, 2012
Out today on DVD and Blu-ray after a limited theatrical release, PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME is an engaging insight in to the life and work of the man. If you are of the post-Beat Generation, then you probably already know he is one of Australia’s most important and relevant contemporary songwriters. His songs capture our essence, from the domestic drama of a single battling family (To Her Door), to the anthemic (From Little Things Big Things Grow, with Kev Carmody). While Paul himself is reticent to expound on his life for the cameras, we hear from his family, friends and even ex-wives, who paint a fascinating and multi-faceted portrait of a young poet who set out to experience life to the full, only to be overtaken by it. Along the way he has given, and continues to give us moving songs and performances, many of them included in this film. Unlike many music documentaries, here the balance between interviews and songs is perfect. Highly recommended. Well that’s your Christmas shopping sorted, but it will soon be time to ask, “Who’s gonna make the gravy now?”.
– Bob Howe
Out now now from Madman Entertainment.
See also, www.paulkellythemovie.com.au for more details.
December 10th, 2012
10 Dec 2012: On the occasion of GEOFF MACK’s 90th Birthday Party…
GEOFF MACK turns 90 this month and his showbiz friends gathered en masse to pay tribute to him.
Albert Geoffrey McElhinney OAM (born 20 December 1922 in Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia), also known as Geoff Mack, is a country music singer and songwriter. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia on 13 June 2005 with the citation, For service to country music and to the community, particularly through support for senior citizens’ groups. As a songwriter, he wrote "I’ve Been Everywhere" which was an Australian hit for Lucky Starr in April 1962 and became popular in North America when adapted for Hank Snow. More than 130 cover versions have been recorded. Read more…
With thanks to Barbara Morison for the photos above.
Frank Ifield with Tabbi Francis (Mack) and Geoff Mack.
For Frank’s tribute to Geoff, see http://www.frankifield.com/2008_news.html#mack
Tabbi Francis (Mack) and Geoff Mack with Mary Schneider.
Visit the GEOFF MACK Website for more photos…