I was shocked to hear of the death of Grant McLennan on the radio yesterday morning. Radio said he died in his sleep; Age this morning said he died of a heart attack 'after a house-warming party'. Of course there will be rumours which are in any case irrelevant. He was definitely an important individual in my life and may I say was always a generous and forthcoming person. He was a complex individual who I probably didn't really understand (though neither, I'm guessing, did most people around him). He wrote a lot of songs many of which were very good and made a huge positive impact on the popular music scene. The most recent Go-Betweens album suggests that Grant still had a lot of great work in him. He will be sorely missed.
(Later: funny moment on ABC news radio where they took a snippet of an old JJJ interview with Grant where he said he did not think his songs were particularly Australian, 'only the lyric content'. Good example of an incidence where for a second you think he's not joking). (And of course if you accused him of joking he'd argue the point forever.)