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Grant McLennan

1958 – Feb 12th – Grant McLennan was born in Queensland, Australia.

1976 – Meets Robert Forster at a drama class at the University of Queensland. McLennan is brandishing a copy of Ian Hunters first solo album.

1978 – Robert Forster and Grant McLennan form the Go-Betweens. McLennan is the bassist and Forster plays guitar. Their first single “Lee Remick”/”Karen” is released on their own Able Label.

1979 – They release second single “People Say”/”Don’t Let Him Come Back

1980 – McLennan and Forster move to Glasgow and sign to Postcard Records and hook up with Orange Juice. “I Need Two Heads”/”Stop Before You Say It” released.

1981 – Band returns to Australia signs with Missing Link Records. Releases “Your Turn, My Turn”/”World Weary” single.

1982 – Band sign to Rough Trade Records and release their debut LP, Send Me a Lullaby. They move to London with drummer Lindy Morrison.

1983 – Before Hollywood released. It was recorded in Eastbourne, England and contained the classic single “Cattle and Cane”. Bass player Robert Vickers joins the band. McLennan switches to guitar.

1984 – Band sign to Sire Records. Spring Hill Fair is recorded in the South of France.

1985 – Band record Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express in London for Elektra Records in the UK. Label closes down before the contract is signed.

1986 – Band sign to Beggars Banquet and release Liberty Belle. 1987 – Tallulah, recorded in London, is released. The band move back to Australia.

1988 – Record 16 Lovers Lane with Mark Wallis in Sydney, which is released the same year.

1989 – Band tour the world in support of 16 Lovers Lane. December: The Go-Betweens split professionally and romantically.

1990 – McLennan forms Jack Frost with Steve Kilbey of The Church

1991 – Jack Frost release an album. Grant releases his debut solo album Watershed. November: McLennan and Forster tour the USA and Europe as a duo.

1992 – McLennan releases his second album Firebox.

1994 – McLennan releases his third album Horsebreaker Star

1996 – Forster and McLennan accept an invitation from French magazine Les Inrockuptibles to play in Paris as The Go-Betweens.

1997 – The Go-Betweens, with Adele Pickvance on bass and Ross MacLennan on drums, perform concerts and festivals in the UK and Europe. In September, McLennan releases his fourth solo album In Your Bright Ray.

1999 – Forster and McLennan tour the world as an acoustic duo in support of The Go-Betweens compilation album Bellavista Terrace released by Beggars Banquet.

2000 – The Go-Betweens release their first studio album in twelve years, The Friends of Rachel Worth. The album was recorded in Portland, Oregon with Adele Pickvance on bass and Janet Weiss from Sleater-Kinney on drums. Its release generated acclaim around the world.

2003 – Bright Yellow Bright Orange released. It was recorded in Melbourne, Australia. Drummer Glenn Thompson joins the band permanently, completing their final line-up.

2004 – The band performs a career spanning concert at the Barbican, London accompanied by a string section. The show was released on the Live in London, double CD.

2005 – Oceans Apart, recorded with Mark Wallis in London, is released to universal acclaim. It becomes their most commercially successful release. It is awarded an ARIA (Australias Grammy).

2006 – May 6: Grant McLennan dies. Queensland Premier Peter Beattie delivers a eulogy in the Australian Parliament paying tribute to the bands outstanding artistic legacy

2007 – The Grant McLennan Fellowship award is established by the Queensland Government

2010 – Queensland Government names the first road bridge built across the Brisbane River in Brisbane for 50 years The Go-Between Bridgein honour of Australias finest band.

2016 – Robert Forster releases a memoir titled Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens.

2017 – The film The Go-Betweens: Right Here directed by Kriv Stenders is released, opening in Australian national cinemas and film festivals around the world. 

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