The Go-Betweens were no ordinary rock band. So, it’s no surprise that Grant & I, Robert Forster’s story of his musical collaboration with Grant McLennan, is no ordinary rock memoir. It’s a story of the band’s unusual beginnings in 1978 and the wild twists and turns they took. It’s about fans and the music industry, and it’s written in Forster’s wise, witty style. The ABC Radio Sydney’s Robbie Buck talks to Robert about his fascinating story of friendship, poetry and song.
Robert Forster (Australian)
Robert Forster is a musician and writer. In 1978 he co-founded The Go-Betweens with friend and fellow singer-songwriter Grant McLennan. They released nine albums during their career; their sixth, 16 Lovers Lane, was placed at #12 on The 100 Best Australian Albums list, and their last, Oceans Apart, won the 2005 ARIA award for Best Adult Contemporary Album. In 2006 Grant passed away.
In 2015, Robert curated the box set G Stands for Go-Betweens Volume 1 1978–84, and released his first solo album in seven years, Songs to Play, to strong reviews. This enabled him to recommence touring, which he does to the present day. A parallel career began for Robert in 2005, when he was appointed music critic for The Monthly. A year later he won the Geraldine Pascall Prize for this writing; and a collection of his journalism, The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, was successfully published in 2009. Forster left The Monthly in 2013 to devote more time to writing his memoir, Grant and I. In 2015 Robert's alma mater, the University of Queensland, awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters.
Robbie Buck (Australian)
Robbie hosts the Breakfast Show on ABC Radio Sydney. Over the past two decades he's presented a wide range of programs for the ABC. He spent 13 years delivering shows on the Australian youth network triple j. Highlights include the creation of the Australian music show Home and Hosed, presenting the Drive program and co-hosting Breakfast. He also spent a couple of years hosting RN's Afternoons, where he created the music program The Inside Sleeve.