Love & Pain: Ben Gillies & Chris Joannou Book Launch

Love & Pain by Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou
Civic Theatre
30 Sept

From a Newcastle garage to worldwide recognition, Love & Pain is the story of two teenagers in one of Australia's best rock bands.


  • Standard $45

    Saturday 30 Sept 7:00pm
  • Venue

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Love & Pain is the powerful, untold story of two of the three members of Silverchair, Australia’s most awarded musical act.
So much has been written about Silverchair over the years but very little has been said by the band’s members. In Love & Pain, childhood friends Gillies (drummer) and Joannou (bass player) tell us tales about growing up across the road from each other and starting in Silverchair, wild stories from the peak of their days in the spotlight, and the ups and downs of how their lives have panned out since.
While there are some funny, unforgettable rock ’n’ roll stories in these pages, there is also all the love and pain that came with being in the band: the cost of fame and intense pressure on two teenagers who had no way of preparing for it; the navigation of their friendships with each other and their relationships with their friends and family members; the mistakes they made and the successes they cherished. Gillies and Joannou write with vulnerability and raw and blistering honesty, making for an extraordinary account of a band adored by so many.

On Saturday 30 September, Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou will officially launch Love & Pain by appearing in conversation with Chit Chat von Loopin Stab at The Civic Theatre.

45 mins in conversation, 15 mins Q&A + post event book signing.

Artists & authors: Ben Gillies, Chris Joannou
Publisher: Hachette Australia
MC & presenter: Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab
Supported by: MacLean’s Booksellers


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