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JOHN CLARE

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.

 
 Photo credit Margaret Sullivan

Photo credit Margaret Sullivan

MEETING MILES

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...