McArt­ney mem­oir due out in May

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The late Kiwi mu­si­cian Dave McArt­ney has the fi­nal word on a life in rock’n’roll in a mem­oir to be pub­lished in May.

Hav­ing worked on the mem­oir for more than a decade the found­ing mem­ber of Hello Sailor and the Pink Flamin­gos fi­nally de­liv­ered the com­pleted man­u­script in March 2013 – just weeks be­fore his death, aged 62.

Gut­ter Black: A Mem­oir is de­scribed by its pub­lisher HarperCollins as a can­did, funny, ir­rev­er­ent and some­times shock­ing story.

It charts Hello Sailor’s emer­gence from the Man­drax Man­sion in pre­gen­tri­fi­ca­tion Pon­sonby in the early 1970s, to the band’s rapid rise to national fame and even­tual ill-fated at­tempt to break into the Amer­i­can mu­sic in­dus­try.

The ad­ven­tures, mis­ad­ven­tures and neardis­as­ters are all there.

But the book is also the per­sonal story of a hugely tal­ented mu­si­cian and song­writer who grew up in public and went on to be­come one of New Zealand’s best-loved per­form­ing artists.

‘‘We had spo­ken about the book, on and off, for years,’’ HarperCollins’ New Zealand pub­lisher Fin­lay Macdon­ald says.

‘‘It is ev­ery­thing I knew it would be. It’s an eye-wit­ness ac­count of a for­ma­tive pe­riod in lo­cal mu­sic, but it’s also a kind of so­cial his­tory of those times, as well as an in­ti­mate mem­oir by an amaz­ingly cre­ative in­di­vid­ual.’’

With con­tri­bu­tions from Mr McArt­ney’s wife Donna and band-mates Harry Lyon and Gra­ham Bra­zier, Gut­ter Black is fully il­lus­trated through­out and in­cludes many pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished images.

It is be­ing re­leased in time for New Zealand Mu­sic Month in May and will be launched at the Auck­land Writ­ers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val.

Rock­ing on: Dave McArt­ney has the fi­nal word in Gut­ter Black: A Mem­oir. He is pic­tured play­ing at 2012’s Glue­pot Re­union gig at the Pow­ers­ta­tion.

Go to auck­land­c­ity har­ to see a clip of Hello Sailor per­form­ing Gut­ter Black.

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