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Jeff Apter
Jeff Apter

In a career spanning more than 20 years I've written (and ghostwritten) more than 20 commercially and critically well-received books, including biographies of Johnny O'Keefe, the Finn brothers, Keith Urban and Dragon's Marc Hunter. Australian sales of my books are well in excess of 100,000 copies. Most of my books are held in the official collection at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

My work and my good self have been profiled by such broadcasters as the ABC's Adam Spencer, Robbie Buck, Geraldine Doogue and Dom Knight, and in various newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Sun-Herald. I've appeared on various TV shows, including ABC's 730 program, Channel 9's Mornings and SBS's Insight. Three of my books have been chosen as Fairfax Media's 'pick of the week', including Tragedy (right), my latest.

I co-wrote the Kasey Chambers memoir, called A Little Bird Told Me, and worked with Mark Evans of AC/DC on his bestseller, Dirty Deeds. Kasey's book was part of the '50 Books You Can't Put Down' / Get Reading program in 2011, while Mark's book reached NPR's best music books of 2011 list.

In 2005, I worked with test cricketer turned commentator Michael Slater on his book, Slats.

My other books include studies of Jeff Buckley (which has been adapted for a feature film), the Finn brothers and Keith Urban. My books have been translated into numerous languages. I was ghostwriter on a project called In Harm's Way, the story of a former Australian soldier and his attempts to emancipate two children in Lebanon. I helped Michael Browning with his great memoirs about his life with Billy Thorpe, AC/DC, INXS and others, entitled Dog Eat Dog (published by Allen & Unwin in October 2014).

My biography of Johnny O'Keefe was published by Hachette Australia and has been really well received. It was the Sydney Morning Herald's Pick of the Week in their August 10 2013 issue; likewise The Age and the Canberra Times. It was also selected as one of Dymocks key books for Father's Day 2013. I'm taking with 3AW here about the book.

Up From Down Under: How Australian Music Changed the World was released in November 2013 and has been both a critical and commercial success. Click here for an exclusive extract. And here to listen to an interview with Red Symons about the book. Dymocks made it a featured book, while it's been given a five star review at and it's currently part of an Australia Post book campaign. My most recent book is called Tragedy: The Sad Ballad of the Gibb Brothers which was also the Sydney Morning Herald's non-fiction pick of the week on July 18 2015.

Here's a Fairfax piece regarding the books that have had a big influence on my writing.

I'm also involved as Creative Associate with an exciting Jeff and Tim Buckley musical event, A State of Grace, which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand during September 2015. My next co-writing project is entitled The Fighter and will be in stores September 2015.

I'm a senior writer for Oz Rolling Stone (where I was on staff for several years) and also write for the Sydney Morning Herald. I was the music reviewer for The Bulletin for many years and was a senior writer for Vogue.

Here are two recent profiles of yours truly, one from the Kiama Independent, the other the Illawarra Mercury.

I'm a member of the Australian Society of Authors and am part of their non-fiction writers' mentorship program.

For any enquiries, contact my agent Jo Butler at Cameron Creswell.

Photo credit: Sabina Mayer

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radio interviewClick here to hear Jeff interviewed about A Pure Drop.

Watch an interview with Jeff talking about Chasing the Dragon:

Kasey chambers

acdc dirty deeds

New Projects

The Sad Ballad of the
Gibb Brothers

This is from the July 18 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, where Tragedy was selected as their Pick of the Week:

'My brother was bass guitarist for Normie Rowe when Barry Gibb played a demo of the Gibbs' latest recording at rehearsals one afternoon in Sydney. It was Spicks and Specks, the single that, after a string of flops in Oz launched the Bee Gees. Jeff Apter's record of their rise, fall and rise really gets you in. Especially those heady days in Britain in 1967 when they turned out a string of hits. But there is deep sadness in the tale too, for when they sang Tragedy they couldn't have known that was in store with the untimely death of Maurice, younger brother Andy and, more recently, Robin. Apter brings the story up to the moment, Barry Gibb, after an extended time channel surfing on his couch, rousing himself to do the Mythology tour. —Steven Carroll
To read an exclusive extract from Tragedy, go here.


Jeff Buckley TV interview
I was interviewed by ABC's 730 program, talking about the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley's Grace, filmed amidst Merri Cyr's great photos of Jeff.

Up From Down Under
An exclusive extract of my book is available here. Anyone near a K Mart, Big W and / or Target store can find the book at a very affordable price; likewise my Keith Urban book, entitled Fortunate Son.

WSFM Book Club
Read my review of the recent Johnny Cash bio, for the WSFM Book Club.

Stating my piece
A couple of my opinion pieces, published by Fairfax, can be read here. And I also wrote this SMH feature on the Mavericks and another on Tumbleweed. I wrote the recent Rolling Stone Oz cover story documenting the Stones' 1965 Australian tour. Just like being there!

Ebook versions of my biographies of Silverchair, Keith Urban, JO'K and the Finn brothers, among others, are now all readily available. Details for each can be found here. Ebooks of Shirl and Chasing the Dragon are also available through iBooks.

Jeff Buckley goes French
The French version of the book is now available. There's also plans to make a movie based upon the book, as recently mentioned in Mojo magazine.


Current Releases

up from down underUp From Down Under
How Australian Music Changed the World.
Softcover / Ebook / Buy it / Facebook

jokJohnny O'Keefe
Rocker. Legend. Wild One.
Softcover / Ebook / Buy it / Facebook

The life of legendary larrikin Graeme Shirley Strachan

Softcover / Ebook / Buy it / Facebook

SilverchairChasing the Dragon
The Life and Death of Marc Hunter

Softcover / Ebook / Facebook
November 2011

SilverchairTogether Alone
The Story of the Finn Brothers

Softcover / Buy it / Ebook
June 2010

SilverchairFortunate Son
The Unlikely Rise of Keith Urban

Softcover, 314 pages,
January 2009 / Buy it / Facebook / Ebook

Jeff BuckleyA Pure Drop
The Life of Jeff Buckley

Hardcover, 256 pages,
North America, March 2009 / Buy it / Ebook
For details of non-English language versions, click here.

Jeff BuckleyA Pure Drop
The Life of Jeff Buckley

Hardcover, 256 pages,
Published in UK, Australia and Germany, September 2008; North America March 2009

SilverchairA New Tomorrow -
The Silverchair Story

Paperback, 360 pages,
December 2006 Ebook
Click here to read a Q&A about this book 

Gwen StefaniA Simple Kind Of Life:
Gwen Stefani & No Doubt
Hardcover, 232 pages, July 2007 Ebook

chilli peppersFornication:
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Hardcover, 360 pages,
July 2004,
Paperback August 2005
Also published in German, Dutch and Italian

Cure - never enoughNever Enough:
The Story Of The Cure

Hardcover, 338 pages, September 2005,
Updated Paperback April 2009

Also published in German, Italian, French, Greek and Polish; Ebook

Dave GrohlThe Dave Grohl Story
Hardcover, 277 pages,
January 2006,
Paperback April 2008
Also published in German

Michael SlaterSlats: The Michael Slater Story
Published 2005

In Harms WayIn Harm's Way
Paperback, 288 pages,
September 2008


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