At home Time for reminiscing with singer Glenn Shorrock
This well-travelled Australian rock legend is ready to smell the roses
Having just released his autobiography, Glenn Shorrock, one of Australia’s most famous rockers, still wakes in the middle of the night thinking of stories he should have included in his book Now, Where Was I?
“Maybe there will be a sequel. I hope people enjoy it as much as they have enjoyed the music,” he says. “I’m so lucky to have had pretty good success from a teenager to now.”
Spanning a career of more than 50 years, Glenn’s book recalls the hedonistic days of the 1960s and rocketing to international fame in the 1970s and ’80s with the Little River Band.
“That part of my life was non-stop,” he says. “I’d tour for months on end and I am grateful that music has taken me around the world, but it has cemented my love for domestic life.”
Glenn and his wife Jo live in an apartment in a converted National Trust building overlooking Sydney Harbour.
“I have always lived in architectural buildings,” he says. “I bought a Federation house in Melbourne, then when I moved to Sydney in the 1980s I lived in a Victorian ‘skyscraper’ in Birchgrove with lots of stairs for 20 years — until the stairs started playing havoc with my knees.”
Today, Glenn is happy to watch the ships go by from his veranda in Double Bay, and spending time with his wife Jo and his mother who is 98 years old.
“I dabbled in boating in the past, but now I have gone back to having friends with boats, which is much better,” he says
Now they are “free and easy to do what we want”, and instead of travelling for work, he is looking forward to travelling for pleasure.
“It’s time to smell the roses.”
Who Glenn ShorrockWhere Double Bay with his wife JoFavourite thing Bella is an eight-year-old schnauzer we inherited from a friend's mother who was too old to take care of her. We took her on about five years ago and she rules our life, as animals doInspiration Jo has a good eye, so I leave the design part to herHome is This is where I can get away from showbiz. I am a Cancer star sign so being on the road is great, but I prefer to nest at home
Acoustic Martin guitar I don’t play guitar as a performer — there are lots of better players than me and I am a good delegator — but I use this guitar as part of my songwriting process.
Yamaha baby grand piano My wife bought this. I wrote Cool Change on it and a few other songs. I don’t have a separate studio — I enjoy playing the piano in the living room.
Paul Smith hat I have been a hat man ever since I started losing my hair, which is a long time ago now, and I wear them on stage. I have quite a few hats but this is one of my favourites.
iPad I’ve always loved technology going way back to the black and white Apple Macintosh. I have a MacBook in my office and I always travel with my iPad. It’s like the Porsche of computers.
Zeiss binoculars Jo’s father left me these in his will. I consider myself an unofficial harbour master. These are old and have a big old dent in them, but they have the best lens.
Pyjamas They are my favourite thing to wear. I put them on when I get up in the morning and take them off again when I go to sleep. I use them as day pants.
Brussels sprouts I could do without the sweet stuff, but I couldn’t do without these wonderful balls of vitamins. I grew up on meat and three veg.