Book review: Loud | Tana Douglas

I’ve got a secret to share. Book reviewers don’t always get to read the whole book before deadline. So, when my editor asked me to review ‘Loud’ by Australia’s first female roadie Tana Douglas, I thought a skim read would suffice. But this is not one of those books and you should know up front that if you start flicking through ‘Loud’, you will not put it down.

If you’ve read Stuart Coupe’s book ‘Roadie’, you will not be totally unfamiliar with Tana’s story. But ‘Loud’ is her life, in her own words. And it makes for a rollicking read.

Tana Douglas is the world’s first female roadie. Now living in LA, her story takes her all over Australia (and the world) – from the wilds of Nimbin to the different wilds of Far North Queensland before she returns to Melbourne, accidentally scores her first load-in gig and her path is set. How does a 17-year-old end up being headhunted for a gig with AC/DC and sharing a house with the band while they’re on the cusp of greatness?

This is just one of Tana’s incredible stories.

Tana worked hard and played hard and lived to tell the tales. Quite a feat given the heavily male-dominated industry of the 70s, 80s and 90s. AC/DC, Iggy Pop, Suzi Quatro, The Who, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elton John – Tana has been there for them all, seen it all, and done it all, yet her story is one of humour and humility.

Tana Douglas is a trailblazer and her book is exceptional – a unique story told in Tana’s own words. I don’t even like biographies. But I like this one. A lot.

‘Loud’, published by HarperCollins Australia is available now.

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