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Grant & I

Grant & I book cover

Grant & I is the story of the friendship and collaboration of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, who gave Australia The Go-Betweens, one of our best and most influential bands.

To find out more about the book, and to buy it, please visit the Penguin Books website.


'The truest and strangest poet of his generation.' Nick Cave

'An odyssey of friendship, ambition and the struggle of art. Clear-eyed and compelling.' Paul Kelly

'Books by Bob Dylan and Patti Smith have set a new benchmark for the music memoir in recent years. Forsterís book sits well in their company.' Loudmouth e-zine

Links to reviews of Grant & I are on the Grant & I page.


Robert Forster is playing some solo shows in November/December 2016.
Robert Forster live dates poster

10th November 2016: San Fran, Wellington, New Zealand
11th November 2016: The Tuning Fork, Auckland, New Zealand
17th November 2016: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
18th November 2016: Newham Mechanics Institute, Newham, Victoria, Australia
1st December 2016: The Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW, Australia

Full details of live performance dates, venues and ticket information here

Songs To Play: ARIA nomination

Songs To Play album cover

Robert Forster's album Songs To Play has been nominated for a 2016 ARIA award in the category 'Best Adult Contemporary Album'. The winners of this year's ARIA awards will be announced on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at the awards ceremoney in Sydney.

Grant McLennan

Friday 6th May 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Grant McLennan. Robert has written some words in tribute to Grant on his Robert Forster Facebook page


Full details of live performance dates, venues and ticket information here

Robert Forster live in Manchester poster

Robert Forster is touring with his band in 2016. For these shows, the band is:

Robert Forster: vocals, guitar
Scott Bromiley: bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Luke McDonald: bass, guitar, keyboards vocals
Karin Bäumler: violin, vocals, tambourine
Chris O'Neill: drums

Robert Forster live in London poster

20th February 2016: White Night Festival, Melbourne
10th March 2016: The Toff, Melbourne
11th March 2016: Port Fairy Folk Festival
12th March 2016: The Toff, Melbourne
23rd April 2016: The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne *NEW DATE*
15th May 2016: The Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane *NEW DATE*
28th May 2016: Whelans, Dublin
29th May 2016: King Tut's, Glasgow
31st May 2016: The Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st June 2016: Islington Assembly Halls, London
3rd June 2016: Primavera Sound festival, Barcelona
4th June 2016: Primavera Sound festival, Barcelona
5th June 2016: This Is Not A Love Song festival, Nimes
22nd July 2016: Splendour In The Grass festival, Byron Bay *NEW DATE*

Songs To Play

Songs To Play album cover

Robert Forster's first album in seven years, Songs To Play, was released on 18th September 2015 by Tapete Records on vinyl, CD and download.

The album was produced by Robert with Scott Bramley and Luke McDonald of The John Steel Singers. Scott and Luke play on the album along with Matt Piele and Karin Baumler.

Tracks on Songs To Play include Learn To Burn, Let Me Imagine You, Songwriters On The Run, I Love Myself (And I Always Have) and Disaster In Motion. Full tracklisting here. Songs to Play can be heard as a stream from The Guardian and the Courier-Mail.

The album can be ordered now from Tapete Records, as deluxe vinyl, regular vinyl or 4-panel gatefold limited CD. Both vinyl versions include a copy of the album on CD. The deluxe vinyl version is limited to 500 copies and comes in a special 'Tip-on' style cover. It also includes a postcard signed by Robert Forster and a @I Love Myself (And I Always Have)' sticker. Full details on all versions can be found on the Tapete Records website.

Robert will be appearing live through to the end of the year in support of Songs To Play. Scroll down for dates.

More about Songs To Play in this YouTube video clip:.

Album reviews have appeared in:

Rolling Stone Australia Salzburger Fenster Hot Press Mojo Uncut
The Guardian Sunday Express Record Collector Magazine Mail on Sunday
Magnet Magazine The Talkhouse Herald Scotland
A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed Spex magazine News.Com.Au NPR Music

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