Doug Wallen reviews 'Road Series' by Hugo Race

Doug Wallen reviews 'Road Series' by Hugo Race

Road Series

by Hugo Race

Transit Lounge $29.95 pb, 369 pp, 9780994395801

The dislocation of international travel often prompts spontaneous moments of clarity, sparking a renewed awareness of where one is at in life. Stepping out from well-established comfort zones forces us to take stock, whether we like it or not. Australian singer–songwriter Hugo Race details his own scathing scrutiny of his life choices throughout Road Series, a vivid travelogue that follows his idiosyncratic career over the last three and a half decades.

Although he has toured Europe several times and released some twenty albums, Race chooses to single out moments when everything seems to be falling apart for him, both socially and personally. He is acutely aware of the world around him, providing snapshots of a planet always swarming with new threats, from Aids and SARS to escalating terrorism.

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Doug Wallen

Doug Wallen

Doug Wallen is a freelance arts writer based in Beechworth, Victoria.

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