The final chapter of Robert Forster’s book “Grant and I” is titled 6 May 2006. This is the day that Grant McLennan had organised a gathering at his place. Robert arrives early and finds that Grant has gone for a lie down as he is feeling unwell. Peeved that things aren’t organised, he visits a bookshop to kill some time. Upon his return there is an ambulance outside. Grant has died and may have been dead when he first arrived. It shocked me that his “connection” with Grant’s death was so close. I was also gripped by sadness that their journey together since university and their many attempts at finding commercial success for their music was over.I believe it’s testament to the quality of the writing and the candour in his writing that I felt this way.
Forster is clearly a bright and articulate fellow.his writing skills have been honed with his regular music reviews for the Australian magazine the monthly (some are included in the book 10 Rules of Rock N Roll). The style is clear and uncluttered- really easy to read.
Forster and McLennan met at university and this book is the story of their relationship. » Continue Reading.