In January 1986, a curious advertisement appeared in the personal column of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: "Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Stevie Wright, once lead singer of THE EASYBEATS, please contact Terry Hunter at the Bexley North Hotel". Within 48 hours, a weary and suspicious Stevie Wright appeared at the bar of the Bexley North Hotel, curious to find out who wanted to know, and what it was all about. The hotel publican, Terry Hunter, was a sixties music lover and wanted to promote a sixties night in his pub and thought Stevie Wright would be a great drawcard for his show. The Stevie Wright who answered the ad was a far cry from the international pop star of the 1960s and 70s. He arrived with scant belongings, no money and nursing a heroin addiction. No one at the time, least of all Stevie himself, would have predicted the events that would follow. Before the end ot the year, he would kick heroin, return to the stage touring Australia with his own 8- piece band and finally achieve the impossible- a reunion with the legendary Easybeats.
This is a story of one of Australia's legendary music stars as told by himself and the people who have known him, worked with him and looked after him. It winds through the exhiliration of superstardom and travels down the hard road to hell- from heroin addiction, alcoholism and mental illness to rehabilitation and survival.
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(233mm x 155mm x 24mm)
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Author Biography - Glenn Goldsmith
Glenn Goldsmith has worked as a musical director and tour manager for Stevie Wright from 1985 to 1987. He moved to London in 1988 and returned to Australia ten years later. On Stevie's release from a nursing home in 1999, Glenn started working with Stevie on his biography. Glenn lives in Melbourne with his wife and two daughters. He now works as a music producer and with artist management.