Retravelling the Track

After almost 20 years between print, country-music legend Stan Coster’s famous autobiography, Travelling My Own Track is back in circulation. 

With more than 168 pages of incredible storytelling, the autobiography is an honest account of Stan’s life and legacy, both on and off the stage. 

Detailing his early years working as a butcher in Woolgoolga, joining a travelling rodeo as a rough rider in his 20’s, through to meeting Slim Dusty and becoming a country music icon, Travelling My Own Track is a fascinating read.  

Adding to the intrigue, the autobiography was originally written in three sections. The first, diary notes handwritten by Stan himself and compiled by his children; the second comprised of fan club newsletters and the final chapter, written posthumously by Stan’s daughter Tracy. 

First printed in 2002, Travelling My Own Track was a sell-out, with fans of the country music legend snapping up more than 3000 copies. 

Despite its initial popularity, the autobiography has not been reprinted until now. 

Daughter and fellow Country music songstress, Tracy Coster said it was thanks to family friend and colleague, John Hallam from LJH Promotions, the book is finally back in production. 

“John took my only copy and had it painstakingly copied page by page to get it back in to circulation.

“The book is of exceptional quality and it is the perfect memento for keeping my Dad’s legacy alive,” Ms Coster said. 

Stan Coster began writing songs and met Slim Dusty in 1960, who went on to record his first Coster song, “Return of the Stockman” in 1962, with 70 more songs to follow. 

Drawing on his experiences working as a ringer, fencer, slaughterman, horse-breaker and kangaroo shooter, Stan was able to draw these experiences into his bush ballads, including the popular “Three Rivers Hotel”. 

In 1989 Stan was awarded an OAM for “Services to Country Music” before his induction to the Australian Roll of Renown at Tamworth in 1990. 

His incredible life and legacy is documented in the re-released Travelling My Own Track, now available at www.tracycoster.com


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