Don’t Dream It’s Over
The Remarkable Life Of Neil Finn
Jeff Apter

Published February 13th, 2023
ISBN 9781916829008
264pp / 6 x 8.5 in (150 x 215mm)
£16.95 UK / $24.95 US / $32.95 CAN

‘Essential reading for Finn fans and anyone interested in those golden days.’
Malcolm Knox, author of Bluebird

‘An engaging portrait of the powerhouse behind Crowded House.’
Sydney Morning Herald

 
Across five decades and counting, New Zealand-born singer/songwriter and Crowded House founder Neil Finn has become one of the best-loved figures in popular music, crafting enough hits along the way—‘Weather With You’, ‘Locked Out’, ‘I Got You’, ‘Fall At Your Feet’, ‘It’s Only Natural’, and of course ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’—to forge his very own one-man Great Antipodean Songbook.

One fateful day in April 1977, teenage Neil received a transcontinental phone call that would change his life. It was his older brother, Tim, calling from London, England, with a simple question: ‘Do you want to join the band?’ That band, the art-rock combo Split Enz, would provide the launchpad for a career that has taken in widespread international success with Crowded House, as a solo artist, back with Tim in The Finn Brothers, and as a touring member of Fleetwood Mac.

There have been bumps along the road, including repeated clashes with Tim and the tragic death of original Crowded House drummer Paul Hester, but taken as a whole, Finn’s story is one of the most inspiring musical sagas of modern times. Australian author and journalist Jeff Apter has observed Neil’s career from close quarters since the late 70s, from frantic early Enz gigs to private listening parties to huge reunion shows and numerous points in between, giving him the perfect perspective to write this intimate, even-handed biography.

 
Inspired by Jerry Hopkins’s biography of The Doors, No One Here Gets Out Alive, and a stint on lead kazoo for bedroom band The Rulers, Jeff Apter has written more than thirty books about music and musicians. His subjects include AC/DC’s Bon Scott and the Young brothers, Keith Urban, The Bee Gees, Jeff Buckley, and many others. As a ghostwriter and/or co-author, Jeff has worked with Kasey Chambers, Richard Clapton, and Mark Evans, formerly of AC/DC, and he was on staff at Rolling Stone for several years. Jeff lives in New South Wales with his wife and two children, and enough pets to fill a small zoo.