Mediating Health Information: The Go-Betweens in a Changing Socio-Technical Landscape edited by Nadine Wathen, Sally Wyatt & Roma Harris. Palgrave Macmillan, August 2008.
Don’t know about you, but I’ve always got the information most important to my health from Forster and McLennan. And their longevity certainly makes it meaningful to talk about them in the context of a changing socio-technical landscape… I like to think that one of the editors was up against a wager that she couldn’t get the name of her favourite group into a book title.
While we’re on the subject, there’s a great version of ‘Right here’ from the Barbican show in 2004 downloadable from the Go-Betweens’ library, strings and all. You can also pick up ‘He lives my life’ from the same night there, though owners of the double CD edition of Oceans apart will have that already. I wrote about that night in a somewhat uneven fashion for Tangents, but at least I got one thing right:
‘The consistency of their song-writing as a pair is staggering. Every song has something about it that lifts it far above the ordinary: a sun-dappled pop melody, a lyric you might like for your gravestone or your screensaver, a guitar figure which illustrates exactly what music means to you, time shifts which make you want to take up drumming, a chorus that fills your heart, instrumental shading that fills your eyes. Frequently their songs have all of these, and more.’