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Jeff Apter


Sil­ver­chair re­mains one of the na­tion’s most suc­cess­ful rock bands but, af­ter smash­ing many records over 15 years with its bril­liant mu­sic, it dis­ap­peared in 2011. The story be­hind the New­cas­tle-born band, orig­i­nally dubbed the In­no­cent Crim­i­nals, could give other young mu­sic tal­ents hope. The band was dis­cov­ered be­fore the trio left high school and their rise to fame was fast. Ar­guably Aus­tralia’s best mu­sic bi­og­ra­pher, Apter has penned the story be­hind Sil­ver­chair’s front­man Daniel Johns, a com­plex char­ac­ter to say the least. Thrown into the spot­light at a young age, Johns strug­gled through­out his ca­reer as he con­tin­u­ously made head­lines. And many times, it was for the wrong rea­sons. Johns has bat­tled life-threat­en­ing anorexia, crip­pling arthri­tis and went through the break-up of his five-year mar­riage to fel­low singer Natalie Im­bruglia. This is a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into Johns as it di­arises the highs and lows of his com­pli­cated ca­reer. SO­PHIE ELSWORTH

VER­DICT: Roller­coaster

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