Jeff Apter - Biography
I'm the author of more
than 20 books. My work includes biographies of the Finn brothers (Together Alone), Johnny O’Keefe (Rocker. Legend. Wild One.), the Bee Gees
(Tragedy: The Sad Ballad of the Gibb
Brothers), Marc Hunter, ‘Shirley’ Strachan, Silverchair and Keith Urban.
Playing To Win: The
Definitive Biography of John Farnham was published in October 2016, followed by the Australian #1 bestseller High Voltage: The Life of Angus Young AC/DC's Last Man Standing in late August 2017. (Both are available as audiobooks.) I have also co-written and / or
ghostwritten memoirs by the musicians Kasey Chambers (A Little Bird Told Me), Michael Browning (Dog Eat Dog) and AC/DC’s Mark Evans (Dirty Deeds), the boxer-turned-soldier Paul Warren (The Fighter) and cricketer Michael 'Slats' Slater. I also helped with the memoirs Somebody
That I Used to Know: Love, Loss and Jack Thompson by Bunkie King, which was
the bestselling non-fiction title in Australia on the week of its release in
early 2015, The Dust of Uruzgan, Fred
Smith’s powerful study of Afghanistan, and Richard Clapton’s The Best Years of our Lives. And I was fortunate enough to work with photographer Philip Morris on his wonderful collection of images and reflections, It's a long way.
I have been writing for more than 25 years; having spent four years on staff at Australian Rolling Stone, for whom I continue to write (see here for a Jon English obit and also a cover story reflecting on Jeff Buckley's album Grace), and have been a frequent contributor to The Bulletin, Vogue, GQ and the Sydney Morning Herald — here's a piece I wrote on the last Stevie Wright. I've also contributed to The Guardian. I was the creative consultant for the 2015 live show, A State of Grace: The Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley, which was nominated for a Helpmann award. You can see a collection of my writing at the Rock's Back Pages website, including interviews with Helen Reddy, Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, Robbie Robertson and numerous others, many conducted while I lived in the USA in the late 1990s.
I live on the NSW south coast with my wife Diana, children Elizabeth and Christian and a cat that's so damned cool it needs no name.