Jim Keays, the lead singer of the Masters Apprentices, tells of life in a top rock band in Australia in the sixties.
They were wild, they were hungry, they were the bad boys of Australian rock 'n' roll. They were the legendary Masters Apprentices, and between 1965 and 1972 they embraced almost every trend in music, from raw R+B and psychedelic pop to full blown progressive rock. This is Jim Keays' story of how his band propelled itself to national stardom.
HIS MASTER'S VOICE takes you on an amazing journey form suburban Adelaide of the early 1960s to the world of puffy shirts, leather, long hair, drugs, groupies and manager exploitation. This was a life of screaming fans, furious days, and even wilder nights, with the likes of Ian Meldrum, Johnny Farnham and Bon Scott. Not many survived the punishing rock 'n' roll lifestyle mentally and physically intact.
It was all fame and no fortune back then, and the band eventually came to an end in London, penniless after years at the top. However, The Masters Apprentices had unwittingly blazed a trail for those who would follow, and had lived by their anthem: 'Do what you want to do, be what you want to be, yeah'.
Jim Keays was born in 1960 in Glasgow and was adopted out as a child. His adoptive family immigrated to Australia in 1951 and settled in Adelaide. He joined The Mustang's as a singer in 1965 and the band changed its name to 'Masters Apprentices' soon after. After the band split in 1974 Keays went on to launch a successful solo career and be the staff writer for Go-Set magazine. The Masters Apprentices were recently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Biography & Autobiography
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - C format