"Don has done it this way for more than 30 years, the only way he knows how. He gets on and does the things he feels are worthwhile; writes his own songs, starts a band, records his own music, keeps playing to audiences of all ages, sizes and situations, then builds his own guitars, cars, motorbikes, telescopes. And now he writes about the whole ordeal, a delicious mix of ham and wry filling this book with tales tall and true about how pub rock became a cultural force in Adelaide, carrying the furtive dreams of so many that never quite got to make it big.

Still, better to have remained big hearted rather than become big headed, a virtue that makes Don imminently more affable, endearing and enduring than any of the translucent pop stars that were momentarily big before disappearing completely. Don, by notable contrast, is still really doin’ it.”

                                                                        David Sly

 

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"Best Xmas holiday read for ages.

I guess that’s why I liked the book so much – you took your reader right there and survived! Top read. 5 stars. Now for the film !"



"Best music bio I've read I reckon. I suggest banning it from all music students reference lists therefore making it an imperative."

More readers comments:


"I have just reread Adelaide's own Don Morrison's book This Could Be Big. It's a page turner with a laugh- out -loud moment on nearly every page...I must have read hundreds of books about musicians and I reckon Don's is one of the best."

"Love that book!"

"I too have read loads of books about muso's lives, and would have to totally agree. Don's is one of the best, one somehow starts to relive those sticky carpet days with more than a chuckle and gleam in the eye. Stacked with insights, a fab read !!!"


" Yep I totally agree...great book...the real deal ; )"


"Finished it and I LOVE IT!"



"Wonderfully written, charming, wryly funny, brilliantly observed, and it clips along at an admirable pace."



"Really entertaining and engaging narrative. Fast paced and funny."



"I have just finished reading "This could be BIG!" and wanted to let you know I thought it was a really great read."



"Read your book last night, bloody great read mate!"



"I read it in two nights and laughed out loud in quite a few places! It's on a par with Keith Richards book - both very entertaining."



"Really enjoyed it. Lots of L.O.L moments".



" Love the book.  Compulsory reading.  It should be on the booklist for all those places you can go to study the music industry.  Could be big........"

A book for us all.


One-time Bodgie, present-day Prawnhead, and seemingly perennial staple of the Adelaide music scene, Don Morrison has forgotten more about the harsh realities of the music business than most of us will ever dare experience. Or maybe he hasn’t quite forgotten them. This book, a memoir of his “thirty years at the dag end of the Australian music industry”, provides a host of tales from Morrison’s colourful career; looking at the highs and lows of embracing the life of the troubadour. More importantly though, This Could Be Big will make you smile, sometimes knowingly. You will enjoy the ride as you eagerly turn the pages, without ever dismissing the realistic slice-of-life that this book offers the reader.


The dubious joys of touring far and wide, the dealings with managers, agents and other sharks, the drab reality of the day job and the succour & solace of crafting guitars are all recanted with a disarming honesty and good-natured humour that will resonate with readers.


Morrison documents his travels through the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of his struggle to make ends meet as a jobbing musician. Sharing stage space with Midnight Oil, attempting to translate the humour behind the name “Thunderbox Carbunckle” to a Japanese backpacker, and the joys of intra-band relationships are just some of the tales he shares. There are plenty more besides…


One of the prevailing themes of the book is that, more often than not, the differences between being big and remaining a struggler aren’t that huge, and that luck and circumstance are major players in a game that has slaughtered so many wide-eyed aspirants. Morrison also clearly articulates the differences between the joyful process of making music, and the pain and hassles that go with attempting to turn that same music into a profitable venture.


This book is the perfect Christmas gift for anyone even vaguely involved in the world of music. No matter what stage of your career you think you are at, or with which particular genre you have chosen to align yourselves, you should all read this. Morrison writes earnestly and sometimes critically, but he has a wit and a way with words that show that, despite all the crap, it’s still a great ride.


Here’s to you Don, I reckon you’re doing just fine.



David Robinson, SCALA News


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