This section is dedicated to the work of John Clare, widely regarded as the doyen of Australian jazz writers. Helen Garner, in her preface to Clare's book Take Me Higher, describes his writing as "superbly literate and articulate, deeply informed, yet completely ordinary in tone, even at their most elated". This section collects some of John Clare's articles published previously, and some original contributions.
John Clare interviews Miles Davis
Excerpt from the book Take Me Higher, 2001
I did not want to meet Miles Davis. Miles Davis would surely be rude to me, thus confirming the impression I had that he was a notably unpleasant man...
BOOK REVIEW: BODGIE DADA & THE CULT OF COOL
by John Clare, aka Gail Brennan
Reviewed by Eric Myers
JazzChord, Oct/Nov, 1995
If I know people in the jazz world, they will see what they want to see in Bodgie Dada, which is a history of Australian jazz since 1945. It’s certainly a multi-faceted book but, for me, it's above all a celebration of our jazz musicians since that year...
BODGIE DADA & THE CULT OF COOL
Eric Myers interviews the author John Clare, aka Gail Brennan
JazzChord, Aug/Sep, 1995
The original impulse behind this book was a very basic and personal one: to tell a story. In many cases these are things that I have seen and heard directly. They seemed very important to me at the time, and in retrospect they seem even more important...