ROBERT FORSTER

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Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster is best known for his work with songwriting partner Grant McLennan, with whom he co-founded The Go-Betweens.

Forster grew up in Brisbane, and met McLennan in drama classes at the University of Queensland and, inspired by a mutual love of Bob Dylan and the New York music scene, formed the Go-Betweens in 1977.

The first Go-Betweens single, Lee Remick, was released on their own label in 1978 and the first Go-Betweens album, Send Me A Lullaby, was released in 1982, by which time Forster and McLennan had been joined by drummer Lindy Morrison. For much of the 1980s the band were based in the UK, releasing a total of six albums in this decade and adding more members including Robert Vickers on bass and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Brown, before splitting at the end of 1989.

During the 1990s Forster spent time living in both Australia and Germany, recording his debut solo album 'Danger in the Past' in Berlin in 1990, followed by 'Calling From A Country Phone' (1993), 'I Had a New York Girlfriend' (1994); and 'Warm Nights' (1996).

In 1999 Beggars Banquet released 'Bellavista Terrace - Best of The Go-Betweens' and to promote this album Robert Forster and Grant McLennan embarked on a world tour, performing acoustically as a duo. In 2000 Forster and McLennan reactivated The Go-Betweens, and in 2002 Forster moved back to Brisbane, with the next Go-Betweens album, 'Bright Yellow Bright Orange', recorded in Sydney in 2003.

The final Go-Betweens album, 'Oceans Apart', was recorded in London, and received an ARIA award in 2005 for Best Adult Contemporary Album. In 2005, Robert Forster started writing a regular column for The Monthly, an Australian magazine covering the arts, politics and society.

In 2006 Grant McLennan died, bringing an end to The Go-Betweens. Robert Forster continued writing his column for The Monthly, and received The Pascall Award for Critical Writing.

A new solo album from Robert Forster, his first for seven years, will be released on 18th September 2015 by Tapete Records.

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