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BOOK REVIEW: Now, Where Was I? by Glenn Shorrock

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Now, Where Was I? by Glenn Shorrock

New Holland Publishers
June 2018
Hardback, $35.00
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Autobiography

8/10

Glenn Shorrock’s autobiography is a lot like his music: laid back and fun, never delving too deep into the dark and gritty stuff, he tells his story of a life singing out front of The Twilights, Axiom, Little River Band and in various solo and duo formations with the amiable good-nature of a favourite uncle.

He does us the good service of getting the elephant in the room out of the way from the very start, explaining the tortuous process by which LRB – the brand and rights to perform under the band name – came to be owned by a very minor latterday member of the band. It’s a farcical legal situation which means that Shorrock – along with LRB co-founders and writers of most of the band’s classic songs, Beeb Birtles and Graeham Goble – are not allowed to perform under the LRB name.

Once that situation (which Shorrock is rightly pissed off about, but accepts with a bitter resignation) is dealt with he gets down to business, remembering his childhood, migration to Australia and early musical forays in impressively fine detail.

Along the way he recorded at Abbey Road – at the same time as his idols The Beatles – sang on great mate Brian Cadd’s brilliant A Little Ray Of Sunshine whilst with Axiom, and went on to massive international success, especially in America, with LRB hits such as Help Is On Its Way and Reminiscing.

Shorrock’s career in more recent years has included a lot of corporate gigs, and his discussion of this aspect of the business is illuminating. It seems that although he may not legally be able to play under the LRB banner, thankfully for his bank balance he is still recognised as the original singer of those classic soft rocking songs.

Far from a ‘sex, drugs and rock n’ roll’ tome, Now Where Was I? dishes little dirt on former bandmates, though serves up plenty of self-deprecating humour from Shorrock throughout. It’s a formula which works for him and – also like his middle-of-the-road songs – it’s a beguilingly addictive read.

Shane

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