Friends and Fans unite to celebrate Triffids books

Members of The Triffids, Perth band The Morning Night and poet John Kinsella will perform at Fremantle Arts Centre to celebrate the release of Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids and Beautiful Waste: Poetry by David McComb.

The books, to be launched on Thursday 10 September 2009, are the result of three and half years of research by co-editors Chris Coughran and Niall Lucy.

Lucy said it would be the first time that Jill Birt, Martyn Casey and Alsy MacDonald had performed live as a trio.

“If The Triffids weren’t playing, I probably wouldn’t go,” he joked.

“I’m also looking forward to hearing The Morning Night’s interpretations of Triffids songs, and to their own material.”

He added that eminent Western Australian poet John Kinsella would read some of McComb’s poems from Beautiful Waste.

Fremantle Press Publisher Georgia Richter said she was heartened to see a growing recognition of the band’s influence with an induction into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2008 as well as the remastering and CD release of all The Triffids albums.

“This is also reflected by the fact that Chris and Niall managed to pull together an eclectic mix of writings from 45 contributors including Nick Cave, Phil Kakulas, Robert McComb and Robert Forster,” said Richter.

Vagabond Holes and Beautiful Waste were inspired by the editors’ shared fondness for the music of The Triffids as well as their sense that David McComb was a figure in need of serious critical attention. Lucy said they wanted to explore the question of how to write against the “genre” of the rock biography.

“Neither of us wanted to tell ‘the story’ of David’s ‘life’.

“Instead, we simply wanted his work – and people’s varied interests in that work – to become an occasion for thinking, remembering, speculating, creating,” said Lucy.

The launch takes place at Fremantle Arts Centre at 6pm on Thursday 10 September.

Vagabond Holes ($35) and Beautiful Waste ($24.95) are published by Fremantle Press. The books will be available to purchase on the night.

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About the editors:
Niall Lucy is a Research Fellow in the Humanities at Curtin University of Technology. His last book was The War on Democracy: Conservative Opinion in the Australian Press (2006) with Steve Mickler. Chris Coughran is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. His work has appeared in Reading America: New Perspectives on the American Novel (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) and in journals such as Symbolism, ISLE, and Angelaki.

The editors are available for interview

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