How to Make GravyeBook - 2010
Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order,�one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them, and from those little tales grewHow to Make Gravy, a memoir like no other. Each of its hundred chapters, also in alphabetical order by song title, consists of lyrics followed by a story, the nature of the latter taking its cue from the former. Some pieces are confessional, some tell Kelly's personal and family history, some take you on a road tour with�the band, some form an idiosyncratic history of�popular music, some are like small essays, some stand as a kind of how-to of the songwriter's art - from the point of�inspiration to writing, honing, collaborating, performing, recording and reworking. Paul Kelly is a born storyteller. Give him two verses with a chorus or 550 pages, but he won't waste a word.�How to Make Gravy�is a long volume that's as tight as a three-piece band. There isn't a topic this man can't turn his pen to - contemporary music and the people who play it, football, cricket, literature, opera, social issues, love, loss, poetry, the land and the history of Australia ? there are even quizzes. The writing is insightful, funny, honest, compassionate, intelligent, playful, erudite, warm, thought-provoking. Paul Kelly is a star with zero pretensions, an everyman who is also a renaissance man. He thinks and loves and travels and reads widely, and his musical memoir is destined to become a classic - it doesn't have a bum
Publisher: [Melbourne, Vic.] : e-penguin, 2010.