From the reviews …
There’s material in the book’s pages that obviously won’t delight the participants, but it’s testament to their attitude and confidence in the author that we’re not presented with a santised version of the story. What emerges is an engaging book about people politics and pop that will stand as one of the yardsticks by which writing about popular music in Australasia will be measured for years to come.
– Stuart Coupe, Australian Book Review
Bourke talks with all the major players and is capable of drawing both heartfelt sincerity and pointed cynicism from his subjects … The ups and downs of recording, international touring and major label screw-ups are examined in great detail, and interesting anecdotes about the recording process with Mitchell Froom and, later, Youth are related with both humour and horror.
– Eno, POPsided, USA
Anyone seeking to have a globe-conquering career in pop music would be well advised to have a read of this book.
– Nigel Lawrence, Db, Adelaide
Something So Strong is definitive, amusing, brutally honest, and a stark reminder of just how special Crowded House were.
– Peter Holder, Daily Telegraph, Sydney
Any musicians or music lovers of all genres would be fascinated by the intricacies that the public never see, and the kind of dedication, vision and thick skin that you need to survive in the fickle industry of entertainment.
– Jayd, 3D World, Sydney
A strong and satisfyingly detailed portrait of a band travelling the world recording, performing and promoting. It charts the triumphs and disappointments, from the fights and wild times, to the grind of life on the road, to the problem of keeping three disparate personalities working happily for a decade.
We meet the enthusiastic bass player Nick Seymour, the butt, it seems, of many in-House jokes, the hilarious yet moody drummer Paul Hester who was the “spirit” of the band, and the even more moody and burdened Neil Finn. [He] is revealed as a fascinating character, part pragmatic organiser and natural leader and part creative wonder. – Peter Wilmoth, Sunday Age, Melbourne