January 20, 2020 – 5:29 am


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San Francisco 2019 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Swedish American Hall, San Francisco, CA; November 8, 2019. Very good soundboard.

For several years, erudite Australian alt-rocker Robert Forster, former bandleader of the beloved Go-Betweens, maintained a cottage industry as a music critic, with his work eventually being anthologized in the volume “The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll” in 2009. He wasn’t sure if he had a standalone book in him until 2006, when the death of his bandmate and best friend Grant McLennan prompted him to write the touching “Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens,” released in 2016. “He passed away at only 48, and I was jolted. Writing a book about us was just something I felt like I had to do. I never would have written that book without his passing,” he says.

What new revelations did you discover while writing “Grant & I”?

It was a story that was definitely worth telling, but the main revelation was how unusual the band was, right from the start. Most bands start with everybody being a musician, or when ex-members of one band join up with another group’s. But we didn’t do anything like that. We started as a two-piece, and Grant didn’t play any instrument. I’d been in a cover band, and I had just started to write my own songs. He was my best friend with no instrument, but within six weeks we’d played our first gig, and released our first single after five months. And that unorthodoxy would color our entire career. We started oddly, and just kept going like that.

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The body of work of Robert Forster and co-founder Grant McLennan assembled in their seminal band The Go-Betweens surpassed all their contemporaries in its quality and consistency. Many commentators have pronounced them the greatest ever Australian group. Since Grant’s untimely death in 2006, Robert records and performs to own timetable, releasing just three solo albums, all to critical acclaim. His latest, “Inferno”, released in March 2019, has been extremely well received including being MOJO’s ‘Album of the Month.’ To promote the release of the album Robert embarked on a worldwide series of concert dates from April until December. Robert lives with his family in Queensland, Australia and, as well as being a working musician, has established himself as an award winning music journalist and writer, his last book to be published was “Grant & I” which was Mojo’s and Uncut’s book of the year 2017. -

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Thanks to Jeff Soldau (who recorded the show); and to willer for sharing it at Dime.

Soundboard > EdirolR-09HR > Fission > 88.2 KHz/24-bit > flac

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Track 01. Intro 0:22
Track 02. Born to a Family 2:42
Track 03. Spirit 3:50
Track 04. I’m All Right 3:28
Track 05. I Love Myself (and I Always Have) 4:07
Track 06. One Bird in the Sky * 3:05
Track 07. Here Comes a City 5:07
Track 08. Darlinghurst Nights 4:51
Track 09. Baby Stones 4:07
Track 10. Spring Rain 6:01
Track 11. Life Has Turned a Page * 3:51
Track 12. Part Company 4:27
Track 13. Inferno (Brisbane in Summer) * 2:30
Track 14. Remain * 2:36
Track 15. In the Core of a Flame 3:25
Track 16. Learn To Burn 5:23
Track 17. Demon Days 3:20
Track 18. Head Full of Steam 3:55
Track 19. Surfing Magazines 5:36
Track 20. Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend 4:27
Track 21. The House That Jack Kerouac Built 4:15
Track 22. Clouds 4:23
86 mins

* Tracks from Inferno.

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  1. 6 Responses to “ROBERT FORSTER - SAN FRANCISCO 2019”

  2. I thought Robert Forster was an actor who passed away earlier this year .

    By Don on Jan 20, 2020

  3. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King’s birthday is January 15.
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    By harmon on Jan 20, 2020

  4. Nigger lover harmon . It figures.

    By Nelson on Jan 21, 2020

  5. My daddy and Uncle used to talk all the time when I was a little kid s out Martin Luther King being a goddamned communist. Because of him Niggers control the country and our beautiful white race is under siege and is being polluted. Mixed marriages ‘ biracial babies etc . That all started in the goddamn 60. Nowadays when you go out it’s hard to see a white face . Fast food restaurants, movie theaters etc . Mostly niggers . Goddamned indians own the convenience stores .

    By Jerry Disher on Jan 21, 2020

  6. Robert Forster starred in the detective show Banyion in the 70s . He was a character actor in movies after that . One of his best roles was in the Quentin Tarrento film Jackie Brown .i never realized he was also a musician.

    By Don on Jan 22, 2020

  7. Love him! The Go-Betweens are the best unknown band of the 70s and 80s.

    By Brian Fairbanks on Jan 22, 2020

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