Endearing, charming, honest and absorbing, Detours is the most anticipated literary and rock n’ roll memoir of the year – it is witty, endearing, funny, sad, truthful tender and beautiful – think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, via Banjo Paterson.
Tim Rogers – the frontman and singer of hugely popular rock n’roll band You Am I – is a shambolic, flamboyant and dapper Aussie flâneur – a seeker after truth, love and understanding.
He’s a contradiction: a hard drinking rock star with the soul of a poet; a wordsmith and a raconteur, a romantic and a realist, a bon vivant op-shop-dressed dandy.
He’s the wild man of Australian rock n’ roll, a man who loves footy, who was brought up in the wild emptiness of Kalgoorlie, but he’s now an urban hipster – a legend of Australian rock music, more at home in St Kilda than the bush.
In this offbeat and immensely charming literary memoir, Tim Rogers talks about what it is to be a man, about accepting who you are, about masculinity, love, sex, drinking, footy, his father, being a dad, anxiety, and above all, his continuing, magical, ever-present muse – music. It is by turns revealing, warm, self-deprecating, intimate, shocking, confessional, sharp, funny and immensely engaging.
“Rogers is a beautiful writer, both literate and lyrical … Detours makes most rock memoirs look like How to Hypnotise Chooks. A heartbreaking work of staggering honesty.” – West Australian
Detours is published by HarperCollins Publishers and available from all leading book retailers including Booktopia.
Image: Detours by Tim Rogers