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Mick Thomas Book Launch Hobart Gaol Thu 25 May

Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas is best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His ever-evolving talents as a writer and performer define a career as intriguing as it is enduring. 2017 sees Mick Thomas release his autobiography, These Are the Days, the story of an inspired and uniquely Australian creative force that covers his life in music from his days in Weddings, Parties, Anything until now.

These Are The Days is a book of stories that all starts with the songs. How they got written, where and why they got written, and why they still get played. And its about the people – in the various line ups of the various bands, the people in the studio, and in the audience at the countless shows. And its about when Weddings, Parties, Anything first called it a day back in 1998 when Mick quickly realised there was no good night to go into. The book follows the stories of 31 songs, each including stories and a song chart.


These Are The Days is a companion to Mick's new album These Are the Songs, a lovingly crafted compilation album spanning the past eighteen years and more of Mick Thomas’ creative life. From the wry and laconic observations of ‘The Lonely Goth’ to the wit and whimsy of ‘You Remind Me’, the soaring growl of ‘Hard Currency’ to the pure joyous on-the-road fun of ‘Sleep on Your Floor’ and ‘The Last of the Tourists’, this is a classic set of tunes performed by a loose but lovingly selected bunch of players.


The evening will also include an optional free screening in the Penitentiary Chapel of the film Pandemonium which features music by Mick Thomas. About Pandemonium: Convicts came from every corner of the British Empire. Between 1803 and 1853 75,000 convicts arrived in Van Diemen’s Land. Convicts were measured, beaten and humiliated. Between 1806 and 1946, 221 people were hanged in Van Diemen’s Land. The Penitentiary Chapel Site, shortened by inmates to “the Tench”, was the dark heart of the convict system in Tasmania. Behind these walls, 55,000 men ate, prayed, slept and were punished. Pandemonium’ the film is an immersive audio-visual experience within the original Penitentiary Chapel where convicts actually sat.

Doors open 6:30pm
7pm Book Launch with guest moderator Anthony Morgan and a live set from Mick Thomas accompanied by The Roving Commissioners Squeezebox Wally and Ayleen O'Hanlon
8:30pm Book and CD signing
Complimentary screenings of Pandemonium will be held at 6pm and again at 9pm and run for 40 minutes with a maximum of 50 people per screening. Please email to reserve your seat and note which session time you wish to attend. 

Tickets $30 + BF Online
$35 at the Door


The Tench (Old Hobart Gaol)
6 Brisbane St / Crn Brisbane & Campbell , Hobart, Tasmania 7000

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