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Beautiful Waste: Poems by David McComb (The Triffids)

Edited by Chris Coughran and Niall Lucy and written by David McComb


Brilliant songwriter and lead singer of the Triffids, David McComb died in 1999 leaving behind a legacy of evocative music. Always more than a pop musician, McComb was a perceptive poet who explored and confronted addiction, pop culture, the colloquial and the metaphysical.

Collected and published for the first time, this is the poetry McComb wrote during his 20s and 30s when the Triffids’ musical output was at its height.

Introduced by renowned poet John Kinsella, the poems will delight fans of popular music and contemporary poetry alike. Beautiful Waste illuminates a hitherto neglected aspect of McComb’s creative brilliance.

‘You get the feeling he could hate and love to excess, but his poetry melds these extremes …’ — John Kinsella

ISBN 9781921361708 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Sport, Travel & Entertainment
Pages 96
Publication Year 2009
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Chris Coughran

    Chris Coughran is an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His writing has appeared in collections such as Reading America: New Perspectives on the American Novel (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008) and scholarly journals including Angelaki and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He is co-editor, with Niall Lucy, of Beautiful Waste: Poems by David McComb (Fremantle Press, 2009). Read more

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    Niall Lucy

    Dr Niall Lucy was an Australian writer, journalist and broadcaster who completed his PhD in English at the University of Sydney. He worked for academic journals, universities, newspapers and radio stations in both Sydney and Perth, and was a member of the Curriculum Council of Western Australia’s Literature Reference Panel prior to its disbandment in 2012. His work, often anarchic and always lively, is drawn on by scholars around the world in many disciplines. He was a professor in the School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts at Curtin University and a former Head of School of Arts at Murdoch University. His passion for music and his work as a freelance music journalist and broadcaster led to two acclaimed books on Australian indie band The Triffids. Always an original and free-thinker, his diverse body of work is a testament to a great intellect. He died in June 2014. Read more

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    David McComb

    David McComb formed The Triffids in 1978 in Perth. Relocating first to the eastern states and then to London in 1984, the band divided its time between Australia and Europe for the remainder of the decade, touring and recording albums. After The Triffids disbanded McComb continued writing and performing with bands – The Blackeyed Susans; The Red Ponies; Costar – and released a solo album, Love of Will, in 1994. He died in 1999 at age 36. Read more