Now, where was I with my story?

NOW, where was I? It's what musician Glenn Shorrock has said often. Before he says it again, Glenn has jotted down his memories in his recently released autobiography.

He's never written more than a song, up until now, so writing a book about his life has been challenging. "It's easier to go out and sing than it is to talk about it," Glenn says.

Glenn's done a good job of his sharing his memories, both written and visual. It's entertaining, enlightening and navigates around controversy, almost, with the first chapter setting the pace for the rest of the story.

MUSICAL HISTORY: Glenn Shorrock has released his very entertaining autobiography, Now Where Was I?
MUSICAL HISTORY: Glenn Shorrock has released his very entertaining autobiography, Now Where Was I?

"I have written a book to illuminate people about my professional life of 52 years and my personal life of 74 years," Glenn says.

The English-born musician has mixed with the best including Brian Cadd and Axiom, as well as fronting the internationally acclaimed Little River Band. "There have been many highlights and not too many low-lights, thank goodness," Glenn adds.

He admits his greatest musical influence has been The Beatles. Out of that influence a friendship developed between himself and the band's producer of many years, Sir George Martin. "Later having made contact and made friends with probably the most impressive man I have ever met, I managed to secure him to come down to Australia and work with me on the show I produced called All You Need is Beatles."

"He said, 'will we play the Opera House?'," Glenn said his most plum voice. "I said, of course. And he replied, 'then I will come'." They produced six concerts around Australia with an all-star line-up.

The eclectic selection of songs that influenced Glenn's life are still clear memories. Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, The Beatles's Please Please Me, and Irving Berlin's songs are just some of them. "When I was rocking and rolling along with Elvis and Little Richard and the Everly Brothers, I was secretly liking Perry Como and Andy Williams and the 'cardigan brigade'," Glenn says. "And, now I am in the cardigan brigade."

He realises now there are plenty more stories which he could have put in his autobiography. "But the major events of my life are chronicled and it's been a lot of fun," Glenn says. "There's been a few hiccups along the way; a few mistakes made, like anyone's life."

At 74 Glenn jokes his focus now is on what he might be doing at the age of 75. His does have an aim of making it to 100. His mother is 98 and his says he has "longevity on his side". "As long as I keep myself nice; which I don't too often," Glenn says. "I am a son of Yorkshire man; I am pretty robust."

In the wings for him is a new album of rerecorded Little River Band classics including Help Is On It's Way, Night Owls and Cool Change, done with a slight twist from the original compilations. The album is due to be released early in 2019.

Glenn has also recently recorded a song for a war veterans tribute being produced by ex-Sherbet band member Garth Porter.

Published by New Holland Publishers, Glenn Shorrock's autobiography Now, Where Was I? is available in bookshops and from online. RRP$28.00.


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