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Robert Forster download single

Walcott, taken from the EP included with the Foruli edition of Robert Forster's book The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, is released as a download single on Monday 9th August 2010. The song is a cover of a track by Vampire Weekend.
Robert will be appearing on the Radcliffe & Maconie show on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday 11th August 2010.

Robert Forster on BBC World Service

Robert appeared on BBC World Service's Newshour programme on 21st August 2010, as part of their Striking A Chord series. The show can be heard on the Striking A Chord website.


The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll - new hardback edition

Robertís first book, 'The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll - Collected Music Writings 2005-2009' was published by Black Inc in Australia in early November 2009.

A limited edition hardback edition of the book will be published by Foruli Publications in June 2010. This special edition of the book will be a box set limited to 500 copies and will be signed by Robert. It will include a signed offset litho art print and a 10" vinyl EP featuring new recordings by Robert of songs originally recorded by four of the artists discussed in the book.

The vinyl EP includes the following songs - all are new exclusive tracks recorded especially for this EP:

A1 - Iíll Spend My Life With You' (originally recorded by The Monkees)
A2 - 'The Prisoner' (originally recorded by The Saints)
B1 - 'Just A King In Mirrors' (originally recorded by The Go-Betweens)
B2 - 'Walcott' (originally recorded by Vampire Weekend)

Extracts from the recordings can be heard here:

Robert's notes on the E.P. can be read on the Foruli website.


Robert Forster live

Robert Forster will be appearing in Brisbane in September 2010:

At the Brisbane Writers Festival on 3rd and 4th September 2010;

Giving the closing address at BIGSOUND 2010 on 8th September 2010;

Playing live at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Brisbane Festival on 18th September 2010, performing '15 Songs About Brisbane'.

Robert will also be appearing at the Melbourne Writers Festival on 5th September 2010

Full details on the performances page.


The Go Between Bridge Concert

The Go Between Bridge Concert took place on Friday 25th June 2010, celebrating the opening of the Go Between Bridge in Brisbane. The concert featured Robert Forster, Angus & Julia Stone, Josh Pyke, Bob Evans, Yves Klein Blue and John Steel Singers.

A review of the opening concert appears on the mess + noise website.

Reports on the bridge opening have appeared in the Brisbane Times and the Courier-Mail.

The Go Between Bridge web page.


Robert Forster in The Word magazine

Robert Forster is the guest in the latest Word podcast.

A two-page interview with Robert about The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll appeared in February 2010 issue of The Word magazine from the UK. A longer version of the interview can be heard on the Word website at www.wordmagazine.co.uk/forster.

The Word print interview can be downloaded as a pdf here.

Another interview with Robert about The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll on the Black Inc. blog.

Audio interviews with Robert about the book can be heard on the ABC Perth and ABC Melbourne websites. Robert has also appeared on ABC Brisbane in conversation with Richard Fidler.

A review of The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll appears on Caught By The River.

The view from Brisbane on ABC features Robert talking about snow in Brisbane.


Rock And Roll Friend

The current issue (October 2009) of Rolling Stone in Germany is their 15th birthday issue and it contains a new Robert Forster recording of Rock and Roll Friend on its accompanying CD. This version of the song was recorded recently in Brisbane.


The John Steel Singers

Robert has finished producing the debut album for The John Steel Singers. The album was recorded during June and July 2009 in Sydney and Brisbane. The first single from the album, Masochist is out now and can be heard on the band's MySpace page. The John Steel Singers LP will follow in early 2010.


Halfway

Robert is currently producing an album for Brisbane band Halfway which shall be released early 2010.


The True Story of Butterfish

Adele Pickvance has written music for the Nick Earls play The True Story of Butterfish, running at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 1st to 25th October 2009. Robert Forster has contributed a song, It's Not What You Think. Tickets and more information on the Powerhouse website.

Two tracks from the play, It's Not What You Think by Robert Forster and The Light That Guides You Home by Adele Pickvance, are available to download from emusic.com, amazon.com, iTunes and other music retailers.

An article by Nick Earls about the songs and their place in The True Story of Butterfish is on The Random Blog

The True Story of Butterfish was recently the subject of an article in the Brisbane Times.

An interview with Nick Earls appears in The Age.


Robert Forster at the Darwin Festival

Robert Forster will play at this year's Darwin Festival. The show will take place on 22nd August 2009 - for further information see the Darwin Festival website.

Interviews with Robert about his appearance at the festival have appeared in the Northern Territory News on 11th August 2009 and 21st August 2009.


Queensland Music Festival Song Trails

This year's Queensland Music Festival includes Song Trails, a series of songwriting workshops taking place at various locations around Queensland from 27th July to 31st July 2009. Robert Forster is part of the touring team who will be leading these songwriting workshops. For more information on the workshops and how to register for a place, visit the Queensland Music Festival Song Trails Central website. Following the Song Trails tour there will be a free finale concert on 2nd August 2009 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Reports from the front-line of the Song Trails tour are on the Song Trails blog.

A report on one of the workshops has appeared in the Bundaberg News Mail.


Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids

Robert Forster is one of the contributors to Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids, due to be published by Fremantle Press in August 2009. More information on the Penguin Books Australia website.


Robert Forster in Homelovin' fanzine

Robert Forster is featured in the new issue of Homelovin' fanzine. The fanzine features articles on The Evangelist, the show at Lancaster Library in September 2008 and the editor's experiences in painting Robert - a drawing of the painting appears in the fanzine and can be seen here.

Robert Forster 2008 tour blog

A blog for the US and European legs of the 2008 tour has been started at steephills.blogspot.com. The blog will be regularly updated with news from the road.


Robert Forster wins Q Music Award

Robert Forster has won the 'Best Published Song of The Year' award at this year's Q Music Awards, for From Ghost Town from the album The Evangelist.


The Evangelist

Robert Forster's latest album The Evangelist was released in April 2008. The album was recorded in London in October 2007 and was produced by Mark Wallis and Dave Ruffy. It has been released on the following labels:

Tuition Records (Germany/mainland Europe): 4th April 2008/11th April 2008
Tag 5 (UK/Ireland): 21st April 2008
Yep Roc (USA/Canada): 21st April 2008
EMI Australia (Australia): 21st April 2008

The Evangelist can be streamed in full from the Yep Roc website. Click the button to stream the full album:

The album is available as a CD and as a digital download. Tuition will also be issuing the album on vinyl.