Workshy is the highly anticipated follow up to Dave Graney’s popular 2011 autobiography, 1001 Australian Nights. Australia’s legendary showman will captivate readers anew with stories of all the varied day gigs he had on the way to his nightlife artistic ambitions, along with decades of gigging around the country and the extraordinary 40-year partnership with his wife and drummer Clare Moore.
Along the way he reveals the lengths he has gone to to avoid anything that really feels like work. In his inimitable style, Graney veers from a feckless childhood in blue-collar South Australia, to the post-punk scene of 1980s London and thousands of nights touring Australia where he worked very hard at not working at all. From working for the man to a brief period working for the music business to working for himself.
But in slacking off, Graney became one of the hardest working musicians in the industry, constantly evolving, reinventing, staying one step ahead of everyone – even himself. Workshy is half written by Dave Graney the consummate and tireless performer, and half-written by Dave Graney the aspiring bludger. The magic is that you’re never sure which is which.