John Brewster (musician)

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John Brewster
Birth nameJohn Carrington Brewster-Jones
Bornc. 1949
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation(s)musician, songwriter, guitarist, singer
Years active1970–present
Associated actsMoonshine Jug and String Band
The Keystone Angels
The Angels
The Party Boys
The Bombers
The Fallen Angels
Wayne Jury
Angry Anderson Band
Double Trouble
The Angels Band
The Brewster Brothers

John Carrington Brewster-Jones [1] (born 1949) is an Australian guitarist who has played in a number of Australian rock bands, including The Angels and The Party Boys.[2][3][4]


In 1970, Brewster, with his brother Rick Brewster and Doc Neeson, formed Moonshine Jug & String Band in Adelaide, the band evolved into The Keystone Angels in 1973.[2] An appearance at the 1975 Sunbury Pop Festival, resulted in touring with AC/DC, and with Chuck Berry as his backing band.[2] By the end of 1975 they become The Angels.[2] Other members included Chris Bailey on bass guitar. Brewster left the band and joined The Party Boys in February 1986,[2] he remained with The Party Boys until mid-1989, before teaming up with his friend, Alan Lancaster to form The Bombers. Brewster also performed on Jac Dalton's debut album From Both Sides.

He is still a member of The Angels and currently tours with the band which now includes his son, Sam Brewster on bass guitar.

John was inducted into the SA Music Hall Of fame on 16 May 2014 alongside his brother Rick, Redgum's John Schumann and Rose Tattoo's Rockin' Rob Riley.[5]


  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2010. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  • Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara; Paul McHenry (2002) [1987]. The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1.[6] Note: [on-line] version established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition.
  1. ^ "The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)". ASCAP. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e McFarlane (1999). Encyclopedia entry for 'The Angels'. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  3. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) Brewster, John[permanent dead link] entry. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  5. ^ "South Australian Music Hall Of fame website". South Australian Music Hall Of Fame. Adelaide Music Collective. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2010.

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