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The Definitive Biography of John Farnham
Written by: Jeff Apter
Narrated by: Rob Meldrum
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins

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John Farnham is the quintessential Aussie legend. As a teenager he gave up an apprenticeship to chase his musical dreams, hitting the big time with the catchy pop ditty "Sadie (the Cleaning Lady)". But it wasn't smooth sailing from there.

A family man at heart and the most loyal of friends, John was sometimes uncomfortable with the spotlight and for many years struggled to make his music career as successful as those close to him - including Glenn Wheatley and Molly Meldrum - could see it could be. He finally hit his stride with 1986's Whispering Jack and the breakaway success of "You're the Voice", which became the anthem of a generation.

John lived it up - holidaying with the Skases in Port Douglas and sharing cigars with Bob Hawke at the Lodge - but always came back down to earth. Inherently humble, the King of Pop would also become king of the comeback, proving to have a longevity rare in the music industry.

In this deeply personal and insightful biography, author and music industry insider Jeff Apter - thanks to the support of those close to John - provides a rare glimpse inside Farnsie's world, unlike any other book about the man. He reveals the drama behind John being named Australian of the Year, how the cassette demo of "You're the Voice" was nearly overlooked, and how John once accidentally sparked the attention of ASIO. And he explores Farnham's relationships with the figures who have been instrumental in making him "The Voice": his first manager, Daryl Sambell; his wife of 40-plus years, Jill; and longtime friend and manager Glenn Wheatley.

©2016 Jeff Apter (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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  • Carl
  • 15-04-19

Nothing here that any fan wouldn't already know.

Lots of quotes and stories told by Farnham and co from TV appearances and nothing included that wasn't already publicly made available via Farnham himself. For any fan, they'll learn nothing new. For new comers to Farnham, a mostly accurate recount of a marvellous public career.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-20

Is There Ever Too Much John Farnham?

Not likely. So many memories in the stories of Farnsy. The soundtrack to our lives ❤

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  • Deb Hart
  • 10-01-20

Why Sadie had to die...

Loved learning more about Farnsy, but found the narrator's 'Farnsy voice' hard to align with the actual subject. A good listen though, if only for the insight into the trials and tribulations endured by one of this country's most endearing superstars.

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  • Josh Coupland
  • 18-04-19

Whispering Jack's Life, Ealy Years, 2 Present Day

This was a really good listen as a John Farnham fan you don't learn anything any DIE-HARD Farnsey fan didn't already know however that being said sometimes you can forget something then you remember. I love anything John Farnham so I was over the moon to have this book is well written the author knew his John Farnham life if your new to John Farnham this is a great starter book and after reading this you will know a big amount of our beloved auddie icon. If you think you know everything there is to know about John then it's your choice but I think any fan should at least give this book a chance is very enjoyable n well worth the read even if it's just to reminisce about John Farnham

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-19

whispering Jack

Great story about a true legend of Australian rock and and true Aussie legend John fanham