Paul Kelly is a uniquely gifted storyteller, and here, using his lyrics as starting points, he reads stories of his life and his songs, including "Before Too Long", "To Her Door", "Leaps And Bounds", "Don't Start Me Talking", "Dumb Things", "From Little Things Big Things Grow" and "How to Make Gravy". Mirroring the structure of his legendary A to Z shows - where he performs around a hundred of his songs alphabetically over four nights - Kelly describes the highs and lows of performing, the art of songwriting, being on the road with the band, tales of his childhood, family, friends and fellow musicians.
He is then joined by special guests as some of Australia's finest actors - Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Judy Davis, and Ben Mendelsohn - each read a selected chapter.
Playful and honest, insightful and intimate, How to Make Gravy is an irresistible reflection on both the big and little things in life.
©2010 Paul Kelly, Distributed by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (P)2012 Penguin Group (Australia)
I loved listening to Paul Kelly narrate this book. The 100 songs (from A-Z), read as poetry, are phenomenal, but it is wonderful to get an insight into the background, not just of the songs but also of Kelly himself. Through the songs he reveals himself piece by piece, warts and all. As an aspiring song writer I loved hearing how some of the songs came to be, the different inspirations, the creative process behind the song. "What came first, the words or the music?". After 13 odd hours (more now that I'm relistening to it, I feel like Paul Kelly is a mate and I have certainly grown in admiration for his ability to tell wonderful wonderful stories through songs. If you have even a slight interest in Paul Kelly or music in general, get this audio book and let Paul become your buddy too.
is that it?
I was able to relate to some places
the theme is a bit confusing. Jumping from one thing to something unrelated.
Pauls narration is outstanding, his stories insightful, honest, broad and deep. it's a great combination of fiction in his songs and reminiscing over his life.
"Paul Kelly warts and all"
This audio edition makes the story come to life and is much more memorable than the print version could ever be.
The honesty and poignancy Paul brings to this life he has led up to now, may he live to write many more songs and tales.
I have only listened to his music and performances on CD and TV, so cannot compare this epic tale.
There were many moments that moved me , particularly the part when his mother passed away, it was very moving , sad and joyful for a life lived well.
Paul's honest account of his life to date, the good parts and the dark bad parts , told alphabetically like his performances of late make this a story well remembered.
"Great companion to Paul Kelly's mongrel memoir"
Paul Kelly's A-Z Recordings is a great summary of a fantastic songwriter's career. The accompanying book is also illuminating, thoughtful and funny - and having Paul as the reader for the audio version is a treat.
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