Written by Jeff Apter, the new book documents how Keith Urban lived out his childhood dream - and the price he's had to pay to reach the top.
A new Keith Urban definitive biography is soon to be released.
Written by author Jeff Apter, who has written more than twenty music biographies (many of them bestsellers), the 312-page book documents how Urban lived out his childhood dream - and the price he's had to pay to reach the top.
The synopsis reads:
Keith Urban came from humble origins. His father worked at the local tip and Keith was a high school dropout. But Keith had a plan: conquering Nashville. 'It's my destiny,' he said. And Keith was hell-bent on scaling that musical Everest. Whatever it took.
It didn't come easy. Keith served his apprenticeship in the beer barns of Australia and his early trips to America were disastrous. But he never gave up, settling in Nashville in the 1990s and forming The Ranch. When the band fell apart, so did Keith, ending up in rehab (not for the last time). But Keith did eventually reach the top, through a combination of talent, charisma, sex appeal, dogged perseverance-and skin thick enough for a rhino. And along the way he married Nicole Kidman.
As Keith has said, 'All those detours, especially the really dark ones, got me to where I am now. I would not want to change one leaf on any tree in the whole journey.'
Urban is one of the most successful and well-respected artists in the world. He’s won four GRAMMY Awards, thirteen CMAs, fifteen ACMs, three AMAs, two People’s Choice Awards, and celebrated nine consecutive gold, platinum, or multi-platinum albums. He has had 24 #1’s, 43 Top 10 singles in the U.S., 27 #1’s in Canada, and numerous other chart-topping placements in Australia, the U.K., and other countries worldwide. Not to mention, Urban has collaborated with a diverse group of artists including Billy Gibbons, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, John Mayer, BRELAND, Miranda Lambert, Nile Rodgers, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones and more.
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Apter’s written subjects include Johnny O'Keefe, John Farnham, the Bee Gees, the Finn brothers and Angus Young of AC/DC. As a ghost writer, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, Mark Evans (of AC/DC) and Richard Clapton. He was on staff at Rolling Stone for several years and has written about legends such as Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, Chrissie Hynde and Lucinda Williams. In 2015, he worked on the Helpmann award-nominated live show A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. Away from music, he has also worked on books with soldiers and diplomats and sports greats such as Michael Slater and Tim Cahill.
‘Keith Urban’ by Jeff Apter is scheduled for release on March 29, 2022, by Allen & Unwin Publishing and will retail at $32.99 AUD. More information can be found here.
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