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Kim Cheshire: The Back Story 2

 Nimbus split. Kim was disillusioned, and unhappy with his first solo tracks for Imagination Records, but he'd also fallen under the spell of "real" country music. With George Jones, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams ringing in his head, he left London for America's west coast, via Mexico, in 1977.

The heady San Francisco scene nourished his craft and confidence as a song writer. Ultimately, the seamier realities of the music business had turned him off the rock'n'roll lifestyle for many years to come.

It was love, not music, that led him to Mildura in country Victoria as the decade turned. Picking grapes by day, discovering the curious strains of Irish-Australian bush music by night, it wasn't long before his ever-present guitar — and the encouragement of others — led him onto the country pub stage. 

Following broader musical opportunities to Sydney, Kim found himself immersed in the thriving world of indie cinema. In 1983 he was music co-ordinator for Going Down, Haydn Keenan's sex drugs & rock'n'roll classic, sourcing songs from The Birthday Party, Nico, James Reyne, Mondo Rock and Dynamic Hepnotics.

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