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Jeff Apter, A New Tomorrow, 2006

While making their fourth album, 2002's critics' favourite Diorama, Australian trio Silverchair underwent a creative makeover, endured tension with their label Atlantic, cemented a bond with legendary arranger Van Dyke Parks, and won a new fan in Bono, as revealed in this extract from Jeff Apter's new book, A New Tomorrow, published by Random House.

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