Music should have made Kim Volkman a bigger name. Recruited off the street after Ian Rilen saw him busking, he became the guitar fixture in Rilen’s gut-bucket blues rock band the Love Addicts. He’s also held down the late great man’s own bass spot in a reformed X, and fronts his own bands including the formidable Whiskey Priests.

Ian Rilen and the Love Addicts had something very special and bounced around the pubs of Melbourne and Sydney playing incredible rock and roll shows before cancer cut their leader down. Kim’s experiences with them and other bands - and his deep and abiding love of music - has informed much of “For Those That Dance…” it's not strictly a music book. Most of it has been drawn from his life outside the pubs and clubs.

Some of the family characters from “The Devil Won’t Take Charity” have come out to dance again. That’s to be expected; unless you’re a Buddhist, you only get one life - and that’s enough for most of us. Volkman’s ex-partners, offspring and late father all feature and he’s nothing if not unerringly honest about his own feelings and failings.

Kim (and writing partner Pauline Bailey) tell these stories with a slightly arcane, gentlemanly turn of phrase - and it works surprisingly well. There’s warmth in the words despite the heavy load they sometimes carry. Funny, sobering and thoughtful, it's a breezy read and just shy of 200 pages. It's also a short publication run so drop Pauline Bailey a line This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view score your copy.

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