Funemployed_editorialGoing beyond the press releases and the hype to show what it’s really like to be a working artist in Australia, Justin Heazlewood (aka The Bedroom Philosopher) provides a fascinating portrait of life in Australia for artists and aspiring artists alike in Funemployed.

Through candid interviews, brutal honesty and lacerating wit, Justin explores every dark corner of the arts. From starting out to giving up; running a business to burning out; the trappings of fame to the advantages of failure; the obstacles and opportunities.

This is a landmark book, written with the raw passion of someone with over a decade in the ‘trade’. Part confessional and part rogue self-help book, Funemployed is a wholly fascinating insight for everyone who appreciates the arts in Australia.

Funemployed includes interviews with over 100 artists including Gotye (Wally De Backer), Clare Bowditch, John Safran, Tony Martin, Amanda Palmer, Christos Tsiolkas, Tim Rogers, Adam Elliot and Benjamin Law.

Justin Heazlewood is an award winning writer, musician and comic. As The Bedroom Philosopher he has released three albums including the ARIA-nominated Songs from the 86 Tram, including Triple J hit ‘Northcote (So Hungover)’, the video for which scored nearly half a million hits on YouTube.

Not quite famous, but he’s a share-household name. Justin was a senior writer for Frankie for five years, and the author of The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries.

Author Neil Gaiman praised The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries as “what all the great rock and roll touring books would have been like, if the people who wrote them had been honest to the point of embarrassment.”

Funemployed is published by Affirm Press and is available at Bookworld and leading book retailers.

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