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McArtney memoir due out in May

Last updated 05:00 07/03/2014
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ROCKING ON: Dave McArtney has the final word in Gutter Black: A Memoir. He is pictured playing at 2012’s Gluepot Reunion gig at the Powerstation.

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The late Kiwi musician Dave McArtney has the final word on a life in rock'n'roll in a memoir to be published in May.

Having worked on the memoir for more than a decade the founding member of Hello Sailor and the Pink Flamingos finally delivered the completed manuscript in March 2013 - just weeks before his death, aged 62.

Gutter Black: A Memoir is described by its publisher HarperCollins as a candid, funny, irreverent and sometimes shocking story.

It charts Hello Sailor's emergence from the Mandrax Mansion in pre-gentrification Ponsonby in the early 1970s, to the band's rapid rise to national fame and eventual ill-fated attempt to break into the American music industry.

The adventures, misadventures and near-disasters are all there.

But the book is also the personal story of a hugely talented musician and song-writer who grew up in public and went on to become one of New Zealand's best-loved performing artists.

"We had spoken about the book, on and off, for years," HarperCollins' New Zealand publisher Finlay Macdonald says.

"It is everything I knew it would be. It's an eye-witness account of a formative period in local music, but it's also a kind of social history of those times, as well as an intimate memoir by an amazingly creative individual."

With contributions from Mr McArtney's wife Donna and band-mates Harry Lyon and Graham Brazier, Gutter Black is fully illustrated throughout and includes many previously unpublished images.

It is being released in time for New Zealand Music Month in May and will be launched at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

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