The behind-the-scenes story of a rock 'n' roll legend. An elemental force present at the creation of Australian rock 'n' roll, Johnny O'Keefe converted incredible drive, a tremendous flair for showmanship and a comic spirit into status as this country's first rock star, and, two decades after his death, a national icon. Johnny was dead at 43 after 30 hit singles, 28 albums, and a succession of self-inflicted disasters: a near fatal car crash, a much publicized series of nervous breakdowns, bouts of alcoholism and drug addiction. His influence was immense; few in the world of popular music begrudged him the title "the King of Australian Rock and Roll". Today "Shout", "Wild One", "I'm Counting on You" and "Sing" remain as indelible hallmarks of the early years of Australian rock 'n' roll. They were years of immense energy with The Wild One at the centre.More
A detailed biography of the Australian music legend Johnny O'Keefe, the first Australian rock 'n' roll demigod and the first to tour the states. With his unbeatable energy, outsized personality, and raw musical talent, O'Keefe (sometimes called the Wild One, after his hit of the same name) left an indelible mark on the Australian musical landscape. Author Damian Johnstone goes behind the scenes to take a new look at O'Keefe’s life and background, while the performer Peter Hosking's rich Australian accent and smooth enunciation narrates the material with style.
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