Sex, Drugs and Mum in the Front Row: The Trials and Tribulations of the Pub Rock Band

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Allen & Unwin, Nov 1, 2003 - Humor - 184 pages
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This book does for the music industry what He Died with a Falafel in His Hand did for share houses. Stuart Coupe, music journalist and author of The Promoters

This book is the perfect and very funny reminder that the only payoff, for most bands, is the experience of having got up there and rocked. Michael Smith, bass player and Associate Editor of The Drum Media

It s hard enough for an emerging rock and roll band to try and make a name for itself. But if half your band has been arrested and detained on the edge of the Nullarbor, or your ex-girlfriend has kidnapped your guitar and held it to ransom, things may get a little tough. If a meteorite has just hit your tour bus, then things might become downright impossible.

These are but a few of the true stories in Sex, Drugs and Mum in the Front Row, a side-splitting journey on that long and bumpy road to rock stardom. Here are the tales, myths and revelations from the grass roots: the suburban garages, stained and faded pubs, backyard 21sts, unfriendly towns and even the occasional biker gang headquarters. Discover the excesses and not always happy successes of eager young rock gods breaking out of the basement and onto the stage.

Evan Kanarakis has tracked down a colourful cast of real-life characters worth more attention than a quick glance at a band s poster taped hastily to the side of a telegraph pole. From established bands of past and present, including such names as the Living End, Frenzal Rhomb, the Choirboys and the Celibate Rifles, to the next breed of up-and-comers, here are their tales of the early struggles, the mishaps, misfires and maniacal quirks of life in a rock and roll band.

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Evan Kanarakis was born in Athens, Greece in 1975 and shortly after moved to Australia, with his family where he grew up in Bathurst, New South Wales. His first rock experience took place at the age of ten, as lead singer of'The Moon Monkeys, however the band split one hour into their first practice session when the other musicians decided they'd much rather go off and play Dungeons + Dragons. Evan graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998 with a Master of Arts in History and a degree in Arts Law, but then opted for more stable career paths in writing and music, first as manager of Sydney power-pop outfit Appleseed. In 2000 he co-founded the music management and promotion company Reverb Music and has written a number of screenplays and completed several short films. He is also a lead vocalist in the hip-hop parody group Don Lane + The Coffee Tables. This is his first book.

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