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He’s been called Australia’s Bob Dylan and likened to Springsteen and Neil Young, but Paul Kelly stands alone as a chronicler of his and our times.
He is Australia’s best-loved singer, songwriter, author and poetic observer and though he has written his own stories, no one has captured the broader life and times of Paul Kelly – until now.
Renowned music journalist, author and for many years Kelly’s manager, Stuart Coupe takes us from Kelly’s family life as the sixth of nine children in Adelaide to his life today. With Paul’s blessing and access to friends, family, band mates and musical collaborators, Coupe shows Paul’s evolution from a young man who only really picked up a guitar in his late teens, to an Australian music icon.
Through hundreds of interviews, Coupe details the way Paul juggled the demands, temptations and excesses of rock’n’roll with real life. Revealing Paul Kelly’s personal relationships, his friendships, his generosity and support of other artists, such as Archie Roach, Kasey Chambers, Kev Carmody, Vika and Linda Bull and Courtney Barnett, the force of Kelly’s powerful storytelling, his musical creativity, his activism and his work ethic also shines through.
PAUL KELLY: THE MAN, THE MUSIC AND THE LIFE IN BETWEEN is honest, revealing and a must-read for anyone interested in one of Australia’s greatest artists.


Courier Mail and Herald Sun [AUDIENCE: 303,140 ASR: AUD 5,159]
NATIONAL [PRINT] Daily Telegrah [AUDIENCE: 385,586 ASR: AUD 23,937]
Townsville Bulletin and Goldcoast Bulletin
SA [PRINT] Adelaide Advertiser [AUDIENCE: 149,005 ASR: AUD 9,189]
Coupe brings an insider's knowledge to bear in writing the first definitive biography on Kelly
QLD [PRINT] Courier Mail [AUDIENCE:166,502 ASR: 2,503 AUD]
this book is highly recommended to anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of one of his songs... It's hard to ask for anything more from a man, or from a book.
The Weekend Australia [AUDIENCE: 219,242 ASR: 121,251]
Review in feature article - 'Plenty of curtain-lifting over his music v the music business.'
NATIONAL [PRINT] The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, et al. [TOTAL AUDIENCE: 807,249 TOTAL ASR: AUD 115,114]
This is one to read and keep.
QLD [PRINT] Noosa Today [AUDIENCE: 24,000]
honest, revealing and a must-read for Paul Kelly fans and music lovers alike.
Sunraysia Daily [AUDIENCE: 7,268 ASR: 1,663 ]
An important and revealing book.
Canberra Weekly [AUDIENCE: 43,073 ASR:952]
In a biography reminiscent of a cubist portrait, we see the musician through the eyes of those who have been part of his musical world.
NSW & VIC [PRINT] Spectrum, SMH & The Age [AUDIENCE: 386,260 ASR: AUD 100,912]