Gurrumul – His Life and Music. – Hillman, Robert.

Hillman, Robert.


Publisher: ABC Books. Sydney. 2013 (first edition)
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4to, XXIV, 330pp. Hardcover in smooth black cloth with titles embossed without gilt on spine and front cover in fine condition devoid of any wear and tear, the square spine is tight and sound with the large text-block and the glossy d/w with the famous Gurrumul portrait photo on the front as well as one of his slender hands on the rear. The d/w is as-new also and is now protected by clear archival covering, The book text and photos are in overall excellent condition on the highest quality paper as is the bonus CD Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (22/1/1971 – 25/7/2017) commonly known as Gurrumul and also referred to since his death as Dr G. Yunipingu was a Yolnu Aboriginal Australian musician self-taught and blind from birth. A multi-instrumentalist, he played drums, keyboards, guitar (a right hand strung guitar played left-handed) and didgeridoo, but it was always the clarity of his singing voice that was so appreciated and famous. He sang stories of his land in different Yolnu languages and English. Originally in the famous band Yothu Yindi, his solo career brought him wider acclaim. At the time of his death from liver failure from Hepatitis B acquired as a child, he was the most commercially successful Aboriginal Australian musician ever. From 2008 he was unrivalled in his musical sphere and it is said that at his untimely demise at age 46 , “the heavens wept”. This is the quintessential book about a world famous musician and is in as-new condition with a bonus CD included of songs from his triple platinum and platinum albums in a pocket at the rear of the book that has been tested and is in perfect playing condition. Rolling Stone Magazine called him “Australia’s Most Important Voice” and Sting said it was “the sound of a higher being.” The English language doesn’t do him justice, there is so much to describe but this beautiful book with photos comes very close. A must for any serious music book collection.