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Friday, July 12, 2013

Johnny O'Keefe - Rocker.Legend.Wild book release by Jeff Apter

JOHNNY OKEEFE: Rocker. Legend. Wild One. by Jeff Apter 
The colourful, warts and all biography of the Australian musical icon.
Johnny OKeefe was a human dynamo, a rock n’ roll powerhouse whose influence still looms large on the Australia musical landscape. He was brilliantly talented, but possessed a self-destructive streak, and suffered as many breakdowns as he did breakthroughs. Yet he played a huge role in establishing the Australian entertainment industry as we know it today.

OKeefe may have been short in stature, but he was big on ego. You can boo me and you can make fun of me, he once told a hostile audience, but you all paid your money to see me because you love me.’ He was the ultimate performer, and thrived on being on stage, giving the music, and the fans, everything he had. OKeefe died way too young, from a heart attack, at the age of 43, leaving behind a legacy of timeless hits, includinShe Wears My Ring, Shes My Babyand Shout. He recorded 33 Top 40 hits during his lifetime.

Written with the active cooperation of the OKeefe family and the JOK Trust, Jeff Apter tells the colourful and evocative story of the life and times of one of Australias best ever performers. 

        The definitive story of Australias first king of rock n’ roll, a man simply known as JOK.
        The writer had the full support of the JOK Trust and the O’Keefe family.
        Colourful and nostalgic evocation of the life and times of an icon.
        Perfect for Fathers Day promotions!
        Did you know there is a Johnny OKeefe statue in Coolangatta? Also that Andrew Deal or No        DealOKeefe is Johnnys nephew?

Jeff Apter is a freelance journalist and author (and co-author) of a number of books, including A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME (with Kasey Chambers) and SHIRL: THE LIFE OF GRAEME SHIRLY’ STRACHAN.

 For any further information or to arrange an interview/extract please contact Jaki Arthur aHachette publicity on or 02-8248 0864

Division:    ORION
Imprint:     Hachette Australia
Pub. Date : 30 July 2013
ISBN:        9780733629341
Price:         $35.00 
Format:     Paperback - C Format

Extent:      352 pages

Tuesday 6 August
6 – 7pm                CONFIRMED EVENT: An evening with Jeff Apter
National Biography Week
Host of event: State Library NSW - Tuesdays at the Library program
Venue: State Library NSW
Venue name and address: State Library NSW
Venue capacity: 70
Ticket price: free
Event organiser: Samantha Hagan (9273 1766)

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