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Shirl: The Graeme Strachan Story

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Chippie, surfie, glam rocker in bib 'n' braces, kids show host, breakfast DJ and straight-talking superstar, Graeme Ronald Strachan was many things to many people. But he was always 'Shirley', from the time his teenage surfie mates re-christened him to the day he died in a helicopter crash in 2001, aged 49.

In the 1970s, out front of trailblazing Melbourne rockers Skyhooks
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Hardie Grant Books
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Elso
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another brilliant book written by Jeff Apter.
Shirl really just a typical Aussie bloke, a tradie, a surfer, a larrikin who fronted a band in the 70's called Skyhooks.
A tragic end to an Australian rock legend. The good die young.
CF
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I started this book I knew how it would end, but it still hurt all the same. Being born in the '80s, my mother was a teenager in the '70s. I grew up with Skyhooks and knew their music from a very young age. I was 14 when Shirl died and my mum was devastated, I was very sad too, as I felt like he had been a part of my life as well as hers.

This book details Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan's life from humble beginnings as a kid in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, right through to his Our House days
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Yvette Irvine
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
A wonderful tribute to a hero of mine. The book covers all aspects of Shirl's life including Skyhooks, Shirl's neighbourhood and Our House. There were a few inaccuracies that I noticed only because I lived through them. There are a lot more stories out there that could have been included but this was thoroughly enjoyable.
Sharon
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Good book, but I did think it would be more interesting.
I do recall Shirl's neighbourhood and skyhooks, I admit I miss Shirl, there was something about the likeable Aussie larrikin that you just miss when it is no longer around.
Duncan Smith
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love Skyhooks and the singer Shirley, a classic character. This book was a pleasure to read and bring back memories of them.
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Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. He was also the creative consultant for the Helpmann Award–nominated live production A State of Grace: The Music o ...more