Vin Maskell Moggs Creek, Australia, 1983 to 2013 Part 2 of our three-part series about family, a beach house and its record collection: from The Screaming Tribesmen to The Girl From Ipanema.
Luke R Davies Blacktown, New South Wales, 1986 It was hairs standing up and goose bumps time. I am an atheist and this was as close to a religious experience I was ever going to get.
Rijn Collins Northcote, 2007 They took the chairs closest to the door, leaving me the couch. I realised too late that this blocked my exit. The tall one stared at me, his mouth slightly open. Sideburns grinned. And then the CD player whirred into action and gave me an omen, straight from 1971: the bluesy wail of I Smell Trouble. And I did. Fuck, did I ever.
Dawn Corrigan Salt Lake City, Utah, October 22, 2003 Kelly’s job was playing hostess to those Aerosmith fans who paid $600 for The Velvet Rope Experience. “You know how some people have always wanted to go to Paris? This is their Paris.”
Mattski No through road on the Surf Coast, Victoria, January 2008 Mildura, inland, a dusty spring, 2008 I had hit my mid 20s and was on another no through road. Out of desperation I had picked up an acoustic guitar and tried to teach myself to extract a tone from the gravel and dust of it all.
Alice Bishop The Mississippi, April 2013 The cotton fields lie fallow. Awash. I watch the swirls and eddies and the floating debris.
Luke R Davies Cambridge Park, western suburbs of Sydney. Early 1980s. It blew me away and blew me straight into the local music shop to get one of those blues harps.
Stereo Stories In Concert
Grand Finale at Williamstown Literary Festival, 16 June 2018: writers, band and audience enjoy a rollicking version of Cats In The Cradle at the tail of Danny Katz's hilarious story about parenting. Photo by Eric Algra.
Many thanks to the audiences who came along to our 2018 concerts at the Williamstown Literary Festival, the Glen Eira Story Telling Festival and Write Around The Murray. Here's a photo essay of the show at Williamstown.
Rijn Collins, writer: "There’s this moment when you hear the amazing Stereo Stories band bring a song you love to life, when you’re at the podium reading your story and the audience is watching and the music starts…and you realise how utterly magical storytelling can be, and how honoured you feel to be doing it, especially in such talented and passionate company."
Arnold Zable, author (Cafe Scheherazade, Violin Lessons): "Stereo Stories is a great venture that encourages experimentation, and creativity, and nurtures stories of heart, soul and daring. "
Markus Zusak, author (The Book Thief): "Stereo Stories feels like the perfect way to make a writers festival that extra bit more special. The personal stories entwined with the songs transcends any other event I’ve been involved with. I bloody loved every moment, and left just wanting more." Markus was part of our show at the 2017 Williamstown Literary Festival, where he and The Stereo Stories Band channelled Crime In The City by Neil Young.
Andy Griffiths, author (The Treehouse Series): “Stereo Stories is the perfect blend of words, story and music. The writers’ stories are powerfully supported and enhanced by the amazingly versatile and evocative Stereo Stories band through a whole range of emotions. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and most importantly, you’ll hear each song with fresh ears and new meaning.”
“Stereo Stories has emerged from a melting pot of writers and musicians to become one of the most interesting ways for people to enjoy, understand, and connect with the live performance of songs that have been pivotal in people’s lives. ” – Michael Stewart, Director, Newport Folk Festival, Melbourne
See also Word of Mouth
For enquiries about performances, contact Vin Maskell
For details of shows, see our Gig Guide
Every so often you come across a song which can demolish you; take you down in slow-mo, floor by floor like an old hotel, ending in a puff of plaster and dust. Maria Majsa, writing about Between The Bars by Elliot Smith.