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Peter Dawson: the World’s Most Popular Baritone  

Peter Dawson: the World’s Most Popular Baritone $36.35 ex GST
$39.99 inc GST

The Australian bass baritone who was the most widely recorded singer in history.

In his day Peter Dawson was an Australian icon moulded by a nationalistic loyalty to the British crown and empire. Remembered by some as the voice of British imperialism, of Kipling ’s Boots and The Road to Mandalay, to others he is the man who made Waltzing Matilda the anthem it is today. In his record-breaking career lasting over fifty years, Dawson made nearly 2,000 recordings, from cylinders to LPs, in a more diverse repertoire than any other artist in history.

In this, Dawson’s first and definitive biography, basso Russell Smith and sound archivist Peter Burgis have revealed a tough-minded, dedicated artist who was also a bon viveur and practical joker and whose personality, as much as his voice, contributed to his universal popularity.

The book includes a complete discography.



Currency Press | 978-0-86819-603-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB