The last time I saw Grant

Featured in

  • Published 20070803
  • ISBN: 9780733319389
  • Extent: 288 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm)

I WAS SCROUNGING for records in a little store in Brisbane’s West End the last time I saw Grant. We were both regulars there and it was no surprise at all to see him wander in, bending to pick up a street magazine at the door as he entered. He ended up buying a Dylan album – Bob’s latest, Love and Theft, which he knew and loved, but didn’t own – and I bought a Dave Graney CD, My Life on the Plains, which I’ve barely listened to since.

It had been a while since we’d run into each other. We were friendly, but not really friends. I’d known him for ten years, but it was rare for me to talk to him without a tape recorder sitting between us. The longest time we’d ever spent together was a couple of hours, when I interviewed him about his band, the Go-Betweens, for a book I was writing based on Brisbane’s music history, Pig City (University of Queensland Press, 2004). That was a few years ago now.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

If you are an educator or student wishing to access content for study purposes please contact us at

Share article

More from author

Dying wish

Reportage‘NY-NY-NY-ny-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-ny-ny-ny-ny-ny.’ ‘Hi Mum,’ I say. I lean over, kiss her forehead and pull up a chair. She’s in a dark-blue nightie and is lying on her side,...

More from this edition


FictionSelected for Best Australian Stories 2006IN THE '80s I was in love with Robert Smith. I also hoped against all rumour that Morrisey's croon...

Soliloquy for one dead

FictionTHAT THEY WERE both named Nigel is a distant memory, flotsam fading away. For now, it's the smells of barbecues and cut grass that...

Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review.