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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of New South Wales Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742232175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742232171
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Tait is a writer and the owner of Essendon 2nd Hand, a secondhand record and book shop in Melbourne, Australia.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Maestro on October 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
John Tait is a music enthusiast who runs his own bookshop/second hand record store and his love of The Easybeats and their main men is evident right from the start. He's spoken to many people and unfortunately had little input from George Young, the shy one but Harry Vanda takes up the slack. For those who don't know of George Young and Harry Vanda then realise they were prolific and successful songwriters and musicians firstly with The Easybeats and then when they had their fill with providing songs or producing for various artists. Many of their songs have been charting around the world for years. Songs such as Love Is In The Air, Friday On My Mind, TNT, Down Among The Dead Men and Evie and that is just some of them.

You also learn little things such as how talented Angus Young of AC/DC fame and the baby brother of George was with the guitar; the negative effect heroin had on Stevie Wright and how it ruined his life; shysters in the music industry and how poor management decisions can limit your success. The book gives you a feel for the times and it is particularly strong with The Easybeats. It is an informative book and more so because of the insights the key players give.

While it probably loses a little steam in the last 50 or so pages it is a good read and you finish it knowing more than you did at the start. Glenn A Baker in his dedication does not exaggerate when he says the book is essential reading. It is not a cut and paste job from the newspapers or music magazines. At 240 pages it contains a good index, notes, black and white photographs, references and discography and a worthy purchase. Anyone interested in Australian music would find this a must read. Vanda and Young might just be the Australian version of Lennon and McCartney or John and Taupin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By y young on January 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book an enjoyable read. It wasn't exhausting. Because of this, I think it captured the varied career of these two musicians. All in all, it was entertaining, and their work output was in the field of entertainment. I'd recommend this book for a good read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen L. Hall on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book certainly gives lots of anecdotal information about the careers of vanda and young. Well over 100 pages spent on the Easybeats period. It is an interesting read if you are looking for a linear histiporical narrative, it also has some biographical material on the pair and other key players in that band and various other bands that they participated in in one way or another. It is definitely not an insiders view or Prespective on their long term role as hit makers and/ or shapers of Australian popular music or culture. Sure, it says they did it, but really only in a linear narrative form, like they produced this band and that band and this solo singer and so on. Anyone, with the slightest interest in Australian contemporary music will know most of this stuff, sure there are some interesting snippets of new information. But this is not an siders view and certainly gives no information on the hit factory, no internal perspective at all and barely a glimpse of any tools used. Hey the power of the rythm guitar, that is earth shattering news. The full listing of there material is of some interest, as is who has covered what, but hey it's not worth producing a book to give us that, it could have all been put on a website, if it's not already. And do we really need to know all the rich and famous musicians who think vanda and young are wonderful? Really! This book is a sham, as it misrepresents itself. It should be called the history of vanda and young. Have rattled my sword, I will admit, it was a nice light read. But it is not what it presents to be.
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