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‘It seems I’ve done most things I wanted to do, but of all things, I think I most enjoy finding good songs and recording them. There are so many songs I want to record that I will be kept busy for as long as I can keep it up … It is the people you meet along the road of life who make the travelling easier. No wonder I loved it all.’ – Slim Dusty
Slim Dusty was Australia’s most well-loved and best known country music performer. A legend in the bush, his famous hit ‘A Pub With No Beer’ made him a household name in the towns and cities too.
This is the story of the life that Slim Dusty and Joy McKean shared for their fifty years of marriage and touring together – their love for each other, their family and their music – and their determination to bring country music to the whole of Australia.
Slim died in 2003, but throughout Australia, and around the world, people are still playing his songs and passing them on to new generations of fans. In this updated edition of the classic autobiography, Joy McKean writes about her family’s commitment to honouring his memory and their work to keep his name alive.
If you love today’s Australian country music, this is the story of where it all started.
‘… just like his lyrics, the prose is perfect. Here he is talking about the early Dusty days. It’s just like listening to a bright spark in the bush.’ – The Age
’Slim blazed the red-dirt trail for Australian singer/songwriters, allowing us to remain unashamedly ourselves.’ – Missy Higgins
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