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Riding this Road: My life making music and travelling this wide land with Slim Dusty

Joy McKean

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Biography: arts & entertainment, Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction

Australia's Queen of country music, Joy McKean, takes us on the road of her life.

This is the story of Joy's career as a performer and song writer, her decades of touring around Australia and her marriage of more than fifty years to Slim Dusty.

Award-winning songwriter and musician Joy McKean wrote many of her husband Slim Dusty's most famous songs and won the first Golden Guitar awarded at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Now, for the first time, Joy explores her own life from childhood to the present, fifty years of marriage to Slim, songwriting, recording and touring, while raising their children Anne and David.

Joy reveals an Australia that has long gone, when she and Slim and their band would load up trucks and caravans and drive across the country, putting on a show in every town, then moving on to do it
all again the next night, and winning legions of fans along the way.

Inspiring and entertaining, Joy takes us into the heart and soul of her life of music and memories.

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Joy Mckean became famous performing with her sister Heather in the 1950s, writing songs that have become Australian classics, and creating a lifelong partnership with Slim Dusty. She wrote many of Slim s most famous songs, and showed her talent as a writer in the bestselling biography of Slim, ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TOWN.

Photographer John Elliott grew up listening to Slim Dusty s music and regularly attending his performances. He worked in radio for many years and remained a fan of Slim Dusty s work. He managed to meet the legend and eventually got to take his picture. Little did he know that he would then be travelling with and photographing Slim for over fifteen years.

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