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It is over 30 years since David McComb's haunting music and lyrics inspired a generation. This volume brings together family, friends and fans with a book of stories, poems and artworks about the Triffids.
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Dedication: For the kids - Dylan, Hannah, Jakeb, Joaby and Thomas
* Contents derived from the Fremantle,Fremantle area,South West Perth,Perth,Western Australia,:Fremantle Press,2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The author argues that Perth, Western Australia's, loss of innocence, especially after the murders in the 1960s by Eric Cooke and those in the 1980s by Catherine and David Birnie, is reflected in McComb's lyrics which 'can be read as a metaphor for the experience of a lost utopia that continues to haunt the cultural life of Perth.' The criticism includes brief references to the work of Veronica Brady, Peter Cowan, Philip Masel and Dorothy Hewett.
David Nichols discusses David McComb and the rock band, the Triffids', early recordings on cassette, commenting that '[i]n these cassette albums we see David McComb forging and identity for himself as a narrative song-writer or commentator focusing on his craft as a writer and his skill as a performer.'