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Robert Forster Looks Back Novelistically

Robert Forster at The Bellhouse 2019

Robert Forster is the guest on the latest episode of the Nakedly Examined Music podcast. In the podcast, Robert discusses No Fame from Inferno (2019), Here Comes a City from Oceans Apart (2005), On My Block from Before Hollywood (1982) and Let Me Imagine You from Songs to Play (2015).

The podcast can be heard at Nakedly Examined Music.


'Corona-Loungekonzert' Live from Brisbane on Bayern2

Robert Forster live on Bayern2

On Saturday 13th February 2021, Robert Forster and band played a live concert for Bavaria's Bayern2 Nachtmix. Robert played seven of his solo songs as well as three Go-Betweens songs and three cover versions of songs by David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and Sparifankal. Robert was supported by his wife Karen Bäumler, Luke McDonald and the Forster Family Singers.

The show can currently be heard on the Bayern2 website.


'DANGER IN THE PAST' LISTENING PARTY

Danger In The Past album cover

On Sunday 17th January, Robert Forster will be the guest of Tim's Twitter Listening Party. Robert will discuss his debut solo album Danger In The Past track-by-track as we play our copies, starting at 9pm GMT, 4pm EST, 1pm PST, or 7am Brisbane time (Monday morning for those living in this time zone). Robert's comments will be available on Twitter at this time.

To coincide with this event, the recent remasters of Robert's first two solo albums, Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone, are available on CD as a bundle from Needle Mythology for a reduced price (until 24th January 2021).


THE GO-BETWEENS 'G STANDS FOR GO-BETWEENS VOLUME 1': POSSIBLE REISSUE

G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume 1 box

Domino are looking at the possibility of repressing G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume 1. They write:

"While making no guarantees, we are entertaining the notion of doing a final re-press of the first volume. We know there's some demand out there but it would be good to get a picture of just how much. Unfortunately, these box sets are not inexpensive to make and between things like Brexit and COVID-19 getting increasingly so.

"We don't want to go down the whole road of Kickstarter/Pledge type thing, but there's a bare minimum we would need to sell to comfortably reach to make it a worthwhile endeavor. So, we're taking an informal poll ... to see just how much more demand there might be. So, ... if you would be strongly interested in a future purchase if we were to proceed" ... then please leave a reply to the message from Domino on Facebook.


ROBERT FORSTER LIVE SHOWS 2021

Robert Forster's UK tour dates have been rescheduled to October 2021. Robert will be appearing at:

13th October 2021: Northern Ireland, Belfast, Empire tickets
14th October 2021: England, York, Crescent tickets
15th October 2021: Scotland, Strathaven, Strathaven Hotel tickets
16th October 2021: England, Hebden Bridge, Picture House tickets
18th October 2021: England, Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre tickets
20th October 2021: England, Oxford, Bullingdon tickets
21st October 2021: England, Brighton, Komedia tickets
22nd October 2021: England, London, St Pancras Church tickets

Tickets for these rescheduled dates go on sale on Friday 6th November 2020 at 10am.

Robert also appears in Australia at Brisbane's Powerhouse on Saturday 23rd January 2021. Click here for tickets.


'DANGER IN THE PAST' and 'CALLING FROM A COUNTRY PHONE' digital releases

Robert Forster Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone

The Needle Mythology remasters of Robert Forster's first two solo albums, Danger In The Past (1990) and Calling From A Country Phone (1992), are now available digitally for streaming or download. The bonus tracks for each album are also available, as separate digital singles. The albums were remastered by Sean McGee at Abbey Road.

Needle Mythology co-founder Pete Paphides says, “The remastering has dramatically revealed a depth and physicality to these recordings that casts new light on Robert’s intentions for these records. Calling From A Country Phone, in particular, is a revelation. It’s as though an invisible membrane between listener and songs has been removed.” Robert adds, “Listening now, I am struck by its boldness and beauty – we really did go out on a limb.”

The albums are available now at:

Danger In The Past
Danger In The Past bonus single
Calling From A Country Phone
Calling From A Country Phone bonus single

More information on these reissues can be found on the Needle Mythology Facebook page.


'DANGER IN THE PAST' and 'CALLING FROM A COUNTRY PHONE' reissues

Robert Forster Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone

Needle Mythology have announced their reissues of Robert Forster's first two solo albums, Danger In The Past (1990) and Calling From A Country Phone (1992), on CD and 180gm vinyl. This will be the first reissue of Danger In The Past and the first vinyl issue of Calling From A Country Phone. Each album includes two bonus tracks, as extra tracks on the CDs or as a bonus 7" with the vinyl versions. The first 150 copies of each vinyl LP ordered from the Needle Mythology webshop will come with a lyric sheet signed by Robert. The albums include new liner notes from Robert and previously unpublished photographs.

The albums were remastered by Sean McGee at Abbey Road. Needle Mythology co-founder Pete Paphides says, “The remastering has dramatically revealed a depth and physicality to these recordings that casts new light on Robert’s intentions for these records. Calling From A Country Phone, in particular, is a revelation. It’s as though an invisible membrane between listener and songs has been removed.” Robert adds, “Listening now, I am struck by its boldness and beauty – we really did go out on a limb.”

The albums can be ordered now from the Needle Mythology webshop.

More information on these reissues can be found on the Needle Mythology Facebook page.


ROBERT FORSTER TOUR DIARY 2019

Robert Forster 2019 tour diary

Robert Forster has been posting his 2019 tour diary to his Facebook page.

The complete diary can be downloaded here as a pdf.


THE GO-BETWEENS: G STANDS FOR GO-BETWEENS VOLUME 2: 1985-1989

G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume 2 contents

Domino have announced the release of G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume 2, the second installment in the anthology series documenting The Go-Betweens. The box covers the band's creative output in the latter half of the 1980s and contains five vinyl LPs, five CDs, and a 112-page book with historical liner notes from Robert Forster, archival photographs and pieces from guest writers.

The box contains the first vinyl re-pressings in thirty years of Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express, Tallulah and 16 Lovers Lane, all remastered from the original analogue tapes. An 18-song live double LP of the band performing in London in 1987 is included, as are five CDs of b-sides, radio sessions and demos.

The box is available to order now from Domino Mart.

Robert Forster discusses the work of the Go-Betweens in this period with Pete Paphides:


ROBERT FORSTER 'INFERNO' LP

Robert Forster Inferno album cover

Robert Forster's first album in four years, Inferno, was released on 1st March 2019 by Tapete Records on vinyl, limited deluxe vinyl, CD and download.

Tracks on Inferno are:

Crazy Jane On The Day Of Judgement; No Fame; Inferno (Brisbane in Summer); The Morning; Life Has Turned A Page; Remain; I'll Look After You; I'm Gonna Tell It; One Bird In The Sky

The album has received reviews from Mojo Magazine (****), Record Collector (****), The Guardian (****), Uncut (9/10) and The Irish Times (*****).


PORTRAIT OF ROBERT FORSTER WINS DOUG MORAN PRIZE

G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume 2 contents

The artist known as What has won the Doug Moran national portrait prize for his painting of Robert Forster. The painting was chosen from nearly 1,000 entrants and awarded the $150,000 Doug Moran portrait prize at Juniper Hall in Sydney on Wednesday, 30th October 2019.

All 30 finalists of the Doug Moran prize, including the portrait of Robert Forster, will be on show in Sydney's Juniper Hall from Friday 1st November 2019.

Further information on this story is at the Guardian website.


Grant & I: Book Of The Year 2017

* UNCUT MAGAZINE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 *

* MOJO MAGAZINE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 *

Grant & I book cover

Grant & I has been named Book Of The Year 2017 by Uncut and Book Of The Year 2017 by Mojo Magazine.

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, in Autralia please visit the Penguin Books website; in the UK visit Omnibus 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. Forster’s book sits well in their company.' Loudmouth e-zine

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

Grant & I was published in the UK by Omnibus on 17th July 2017 and will be publishedin Germany by Heyne on 30th October 2017.

Signed copies of Grant & I are available via Pledge Music.

Robert appeared on BBC TV's 'Newsnight' programme on 12th October 2017:


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