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Jeff Apter

Jeff Apter

Jeff Apter has been writing professionally for almost 20 years, having spent five years as Music Editor at Australian Rolling Stone. He is a contributor to Vogue and GQ magazines and also writes for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin and Australian Hi-Fi. His work has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites, while his views on popular culture have been aired on MTV, Channel [v], and many other TV programs, including the upcoming Great Australian Album series. He has also worked on DVDs for the bands Silverchair, You Am I and Powderfinger. While resident in the USA during the late 1990s, he interviewed and wrote about such icons as Aretha Franklin, Robbie Robertson, Patti Smith, Frank Black, Lucinda Williams and many others, filing stories for various newspapers and magazines, plus such on-line sites as Addicted To Noise, Sonic Net and New York Rock.

His first book was the 2003 Silverchair biography Tomorrow Never Knows, which was given a four-star review by Rolling Stone. Fornication: The Red Hot Chili Peppers Story followed in July 2004, while Never Enough: The Story of the Cure was published by Omnibus Press in 2005, a book Spin described as ‘a wry portrait whose edge is as sharp as any Charles Addams’ cartoon.’ The Dave Grohl Story appeared in 2006. Random House published his second Silverchair bio, A New Tomorrow, in December 2006, which received a four-star review in GQ. He also co-wrote the 2005 sporting bestseller, Slats: The Michael Slater Story, which was published by Random House. His work has been translated into German, Italian, Greek, French and Polish. Extracts of his books have appeared in GQ, Who Weekly, The Daily Telegraph, the Courier-Mail, the Newcastle Herald, Rolling Stone and The Herald Sun.

Jeff lives in Sydney with his wife Diana, daughter Elizabeth and a wall-to-wall record collection.


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The Bee Gees: The Odessa Files

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, 'Tragedy: The Ballad of the Bee Gees' (Jawbone), Spring 2016

In 1968, the Bee Gees set out to make their very own Sgt Pepper, an album they hoped would prove they were much more than ...

Ben Folds Five: New Geeks on the Block: Ben Folds Five at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC

Live Review by Jeff Apter,, March 1998

SOMETIMES PERSEVERANCE really does pay off. Take, for example, the rags-to-not-quite-riches rise of Ben Folds, who, along with Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee, make up ...

Jeff Buckley: A Pure Drop: The Life Of Jeff Buckley

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, Omnibus Press, August 2008

An excerpt from A Pure Drop: The Life Of Jeff Buckley, by Jeff Apter, published by Omnibus Press, September 2008. (304pp, hardback, £19.95) ...

The Church: Further/Deeper

Review by Jeff Apter, Rolling Stone (Australia), October 2014

Jangly vets change line-up but maintain that certain something quite peculiar. ...

Holly Cole: Westbeth Theater, New York

Live Review by Jeff Apter,, February 1998

CANADIAN CHANTEUSE HOLLY Cole might not write the songs, but she sure knows how to make the whole world sing. And while the cozy downtown ...

The Cure: Hardcore Pornography: The Cure

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, 'Never Enough' (Omnibus Press), 2005

Goth rock icons the Cure had a lot to lose while recording their hugely influential, career-making album, 1982's Pornography - not the least being their ...

Ani DiFranco: Just an Old Fashioned Girl (with Blue Hair)

Interview by Jeff Apter,, February 1998

JUST WHO is Ani DiFranco anyway? Doc Martin-clad punk-poet icon, do-it-yourself business guru, feminist folksinger: there are so many sides to this Buffalo girl from ...

Bob Dylan: University of Hartford Sports Center, Connecticut

Live Review by Jeff Apter,, April 1997

"BOB'S IN THERE," I overhear some reefer-chugging Dylanspotter in the parking lot say, nodding towards a darkened touring van. Getting a little closer, I couldn't ...

Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Scream: Scream And Scream Again: Dave Grohl

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, 'The Dave Grohl Story' (Omnibus Press) , 2006

In 1987, DC hopeful Dave Grohl finally scored what he thought was the best gig in the world: drumming for hardcore legends Scream. But what ...

Aretha Franklin: Queen Aretha Holds Court

Report and Interview by Jeff Apter,, March 1998

THERE ARE few performers for whom one name is sufficient (and no, this list does not include Yanni). Think Bruce, Garth, Iggy, Janis. And, of ...

Paul Kelly (singer-songwriter): Paul Kelly's Stolen Apples

Report and Interview by Jeff Apter, Rave (Australia), June 2007

PAUL KELLY obviously likes the look of the road less travelled. Who else would consider fusing the poetry of lower-case American e.e. cummings with an ...

Marilyn Manson at CMJ Musicfest

Report by Jeff Apter,, October 1997

THERE ARE MANY perceptions of Marilyn Manson. The most common, in no special order, are that he's a baby eater, a Satan worshiper, and a ...

No Doubt

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, Omnibus Press, 2007

Driven by a love of all things 2-Tone and led by reluctant star Gwen Stefani, Orange County hopefuls No Doubt made their public debut at ...

Powderfinger: Band Of The Year

Interview by Jeff Apter, Rolling Stone (Australia), April 2001

POWDERFINGER ARE THE Rolling Stone 2000 Music Award heroes. The results are in and thousands of you voted for them. Powderfinger are Band Of The ...

The Raveonettes: Back in Black

Interview by Jeff Apter, GQ (Australia), June 2005

The Raveonettes are retro-obsessed Danes with a thing for the dark side of the road. Frontman Sune Rose Wagner spills to Jeff Apter on sleazy ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Freaky and Stylish: When the Chili Peppers Met Dr. Funkenstein

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, 'Fornication' (Omnibus Press), 2004

By 1985 the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a band in trouble. Their self-titled debut album, released the year before, had been a disaster, and ...

Robbie Robertson: Making a Noise

Interview by Jeff Apter,, May 1998

WHEN ROBBIE ROBERTSON croons "I can't let go ... It's in the blood" during his transcendent new release, Contact from the Underworld of Redboy, he's ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones' Last Tour (Before The Next Five)

Report by Jeff Apter,, September 1997

LOOKS LIKE the Rolling Stones plan to keep on rolling well into the next millennium. On August 18, 1997, they launched their most recent album/tour ...

Ron Sexsmith: Westbeth Theater, New York City

Live Review by Jeff Apter, No Depression, September 1997

WHILE THE REAL world is tough on outsiders, they'll always be welcomed in the land of thinking-person's music. Toronto troubadour Ron Sexsmith has perfected the ...


Book Excerpt by 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 ...

Patti Smith: Return of the Thin White Duchess

Profile and Interview by Jeff Apter,, November 1997

PATTI SMITH needs some new socks. I'm standing next to her in an elevator in midtown Manhattan, when she glances down at her feet, which ...

U2: Interview wth Wim Wenders

Interview by Jeff Apter, Rolling Stone (Australia), November 2000

This interview was held in conjunction with the theatrical release of The Million Dollar Hotel in Australia. ...

Neil Young: Still Crazy Horse After All These Years

Report by Jeff Apter,, 1997

THE GODFATHER OF GRUNGE, Neil Young, shows no intention of slowing down. Busier than a politician on the election trail, he divided his '97 year ...

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The Difficult Second Album Syndrome

Comment by Jeff Apter, unpublished, Spring 2004

ONE OF POP MUSIC’S most accurate axioms is that second albums are the toughest. Typically, you have some of the best years of your life ...

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