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Mark Seymour’s Thirteen Tonne Theory

You want blunt self assessment? Try this from the lead singer, Mark Seymour’s tome about life in the Australian rock juggernaut, Hunters and Collectors: ‘it’s a hard sell. It’s about a rock band with no image’. Seymour certainly begins Thirteen Tonne Theory behind the eight ball, yet it is this refreshing take on the struggles of being in a group that make the story more endearing. ‘(The band) was not that much different to a trade union: useful while the work was around, but a straightjacket once people lost faith in the notion of collective bargaining’. Brutal honesty that you don’t often find these days.