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Love & Pain

By: Ben Gillies,Chris Joannou
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This is the powerful, untold story of two of the three members of Silverchair, Australia's most awarded musical act. From their beginnings in Ben Gillies' garage, this trio of high school kids from Newcastle, New South Wales, became famous with their smash-hit single 'Tomorrow', setting them on a path to domination of the Australian charts, worldwide touring and fame.

So much has been written about Silverchair over the years but very little has been said by the band's members. In Love & Pain, childhood friends Ben Gillies (drummer) and Chris Joannou (bass player) tell us tales about growing up across the road from each other and starting in Silverchair, wild stories from the peak of their days in the spotlight, and the ups and downs of how their lives have panned out since.

While there are some funny, unforgettable rock 'n' roll stories, there is also all the love and pain that came with being in the band: the cost of fame and intense pressure on two teenagers who had no way of preparing for it; the navigation of their friendships with each other and their relationships with friends and family members; the mistakes they made and the successes they cherished. Gillies and Joannou write with vulnerability and raw and blistering honesty, making for an extraordinary account of a band adored by so many.

©2023 Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou (P)2023 Hachette Australia Audio

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Loved it

Such nostalgia listening to this! As a female teenager growing up in Australia in the late 90’s, I was definitely part of the silverchair hysteria! It was the first time I had connected with music as a way to navigate my emotions. I listened to this book with laughter and tears, loved hearing your perspectives and experiences during your time in silverchair. Much respect to all three of you and grateful for sharing your experiences in your own way.

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Kept me smiling

Loved the open and honesty both Ben and Chris shared their story with. Felt like you were sitting with mates. What they all achieved at such a young age is truly remarkable. Had me smiling and times leaving me with my mouth wide open as they shared the wonderful days together from growing up and then living out there dreams. Thanks

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Highly recommend!

I was always a Silverchair fan and loved the honestly of Ben and Chris. I loved the stories shared from touring and the highs and lows of their relationships. I would recommend this to anybody that loves the band or music in general.

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Took me back in time

Loved the honest and open story. The boys told it well. I listened to their songs afterwards.

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This book was honestly very well written, honest and eye opening into the lives of two members of silver chair. I love how raw and honest they both were about their lives and how they struggled with addiction and mental health issues. I enjoyed this book so much I couldn’t stop I needed to see what happened. I take my hat off to these guys and say thank you for sharing your story of good and bad times the highs and lows and the struggles. Be proud of yourselves for sharing this. Thank you for the wonderfully written words I loved every minute of this book.

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Very poignant

Absolutely love the two perspectives, felt there was much respect regarding third member (no malice or disrespect whatsoever from them or me).

Enjoyed “time travelling around the world” hearing stories as young teens and looking back as older versions of themselves. Ben, Chris and Dan were same age as me growing up (same year-ish, same age-ish, different states….superannuation differs I imagine).

Sadly I was one of “those” non-fan girls due to my all girls highschool chums being obsessed and because I had older brothers (they ragged on me for loving Pearl Jam)….

When I lived in Newcastle, saw them here and there and felt like I knew them from somewhere, call me old and stupid I started listening to music from the 90’s early Y2K and someone said, “yeah… they’re from here….” As I said, from a different state, rarely put 2+2 together…. I had kicked myself for avoiding their music earlier in life but as an adult it spoke to me and I was almost glad to have discover them later in life.

Didn’t like hearing about Chris’s or/and Ben/Jackie’s health problems obviously and I thought these men were beautifully articulated regarding Daniel’s struggles and the impact on them.

I think Ben & Chris have given Daniel plenty of credit and dignity where due but have also allowed vulnerability and acknowledges their struggles, hurts, and differences without casting Daniel in a bad light.

I recommend this book to anyone that’s struggled with friends or relatives. You don’t need to like or love Silverchair to find commonalities between your life and their story. Not everyone is in a rock band of course but this biography is up in my top 10 (if not 5!).

I get so engrossed hearing people’s life stories, this is a book I will think about for the rest of my life.

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Really liked Ben's chapters

Not sure how I feel about the book. Can't help but feel a knotted twist in my stomach.

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Thanks for sharing

Loved hearing all of the past stories from the inside with you guys. Thanks for sharing this and everything more.

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HONEST & COMPELLING

Great account of Silverchairs start to finish journey. Candid heartfelt story told by Chris and Ben punctuated with humour. Quintessentially Australian.

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Nostalgic, well intentioned, but slightly awkward

I applaud Ben and Chris on their commitment to sharing their story. I think it comes across with such heart, they genuinely loved the band and loved the roles they all played to make it happen. You sense a real hurt when they talk about Dan, and I think that’s what we all imagined before we heard it so openly discussed in this book. It’s a great trip down memory lane and brings lots of context to the journey of bedroom to stardom.

For me the only thing that detracted from the enjoyment of the book was the delivery of the narration. Neither of them are professional voice actors (they don’t need to be) and many lines feel unnatural, like shining a light on the parts written by others and them reading words they wouldn’t use. But… in their defence… I would dislike it way more if someone else read it. This is their story and it has heart because you hear them share it in their way. Much love to the lads, hope their journeys continue successfully and thanks for this gift of a book.

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