Robert James

The Story

Amidst the Australian summer of 1977, having played in various bands
around my hometown Adelaide since age eleven, I found myself one morning
staggering among head-jarring footfalls to the bathroom.

For just 2 legs there certainly seemed a crowd -the ghosts of my counted calendar were saying to me, "go somewhere else and write songs".

I skulked a direct route to my Guild Starfire 3 guitar that lay
quietly in its case observing my every mood and went to London. The unknown
is a merciless predator - I was enchanted by so many songs hunting me down
as I arrived on British concrete.

Three years later, very inspired and rife with songs I came back and
traipsed the concrete of Sydney.

A dear friend, Neil Wright, who I was sharing a flat with was
co-managing a band called GANGgajang. They were in Paradise Studios
recording the first album. All was going well but there wasn't much
happening in the guitar seat.

Rob at thirteen (second from right)...recognise the guitar?


Across town in Bondi I was mucking around on a Scribble album. Neil
dragged me over to Darlinghurst and I can tell you the wind knows no traffic
lights. The moment I plugged my guitar into GANGgajang the connection was

A lot has happened since... 22 albums. A solo album (and another on the way). Two Skyshows. Orchestral works. A million tours. A book. Many great friends.

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