It was Shedden who interviewed Creation Records founder Alan McGee onstage at the Bigsound 2011 conference for an unforgettable speech that exuded McGee’s wit, sharp tongue and bitterness for the music business that brought him down. have made him rich and famous. The Scottish pair hit it off wonderfully and it was McGee who warmly welcomed his interviewer to the stage as the former drummer of Shaking, a British group that excited him in his youth.

Later in the conference, Shedden joined The telegraph of the day music editor Kathy McCabe and that reporter for a Michael Chugg “grid” remembered for the veteran concert promoter’s rant at McGee, his prolific use of profanity, and his admission that, below the surface, he was shy. Shedden confirmed it.

Born in Scotland and based in Sydney, the journalist was the author and music critic of the australian for 24 years and published his first book, Hey you in the black T-shirt, in 2010, an autobiography co-written with his subject, Michael Chugg. Shedden also played drums in Sydney bands. Trumpet Dog and King Curly.

While details surrounding Shedden’s passing have not yet been released, many artists and industry professionals have paid tribute as news of his death spread on Monday (October 16).

Talk to the australian, singer-songwriter Paul Kelly described Shedden as “a gentle, intelligent and ironic man. A quick wit with a narrowed smile. An average tennis player like me, so we had some good battles, ”while the rock singer Jimmy barnes added, “Iain was a good man. I’ve done a lot of interviews in my day and most of the time, whoever it is with, it’s like work. But every time I spent time with Iain, I felt comfortable. Not just because he had that broad Scottish accent, but he had a manner that made me feel comfortable. “

Reg Mombassa, founding member of Dog Trumpet and ARIA Hall of Famers Mental like everything, tweeted: “Tragic news regarding our friend and drummer Iain Shedden is a great loss.”

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