Many of us are at that age when we share in the memories of the golden epoch of Australian rock. Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, John Farnham, Midnight Oil, Hunters & Collectors, Icehouse, INXS and a host of other lessor or larger lights bestrode the suburban beer barns and RSL Clubs. They brought us a collective contemporary self-esteem, through their sheer talent and thumping bass lines. Artists like Chrissy Amphlett of the Divinyls and Nick Cave of the Birthday Party were seminal creatures of the night, entertaining our wee hours in seedy nightclubs, across our cities. What were these party animals doing at home, when they were not playing hard or acting out our pop star fantasies?
Inside The Homes Of Australia’s Musicians
What were their domestic abodes like? Were their homes extensions of their Rockstar appetites for excess? Did Jimmy Barnes live in a palace of our dreams? What about our own John Farnham, what did he get up to in his own time? The one time apprentice plumber, who early on became the King of Pop, did he succumb to serious wealth and its dangerous appetites? Barnsey did live it up in a very big mansion in Bowral for many years, before moving to France, to continue some hell raising there. These days he has settled down in Berrima and lives a fairly quiet existence, enjoying quality time with his wife of many years and family.
John Farnham did not disappoint in his choice of palatial homes, either, with some serious country living near Bendigo in Victoria. Chance Lodge was a huge two-storey ranch style home, complete with massive equestrian property. Stables, paddocks and show arena indulged his passion for quarter horses. Whispering Jack may have thought himself a bit of a horse whisperer. Success in the entertainment industry breeds a taste for high living in style. Farnham and Barnes shared immigrant roots and were both from battling stock and made good on a big scale in Australian terms.
Inside the homes of Australian musicians, you will, often, find celebrity kitchen designs in one or two or three of their gastronomic temples. Living it up means good food, and good food comes out of a great kitchen. As cooking has taken off, here in Australia, and around the western world, pop stars, especially as they get a bit older, have not been immune to the lure of the spatula. Cooking, like performing. can be hard work, but it is equally as satisfying, when you sit down to eat and drink with family and friends.