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Million Dollar Riff The story of a man named Shirley Graeme Strachan was born in East Malvern on January 2 1952 He went to Mt Waverley High and decided to become a carpenter when the only subject he passed in form 4 was woodwork He had scraped through the first two years of high school pretty smoothly with the exception of non-favoured subjects such as French I used to cause teachers a lot of trouble sometimes either through my arrogance my mouth but a lot of the teachers who gave you a hard time look back now and say oh hes alright but at the time they hated your guts Still I reckon they were good teachers he admits By fourth form Graeme was finding it hard to concentrate on schoolwork He called this getting the bug So while still in fourth form he dropped his bundle academically and after failing was forced to drop out of high school and instead attend Trades School where after his first year he was runner-up dux of his class The second year he took on a building technicians course and topped it Graeme had grown up listening to rocknroll but he never went overboard I never went out and bought stacks of records oranything of that nature If I heard something I just liked it I havent really got musical influences He helped out with a couple of mates bands at Trades School but nothing serious He was part of a band named Frame for roughly a year and a half whilst still working as a carpenter finishing his apprenticeship But then once again Graeme got the bug After he had finished his apprenticeship he packed his bags jumped into his combi and took off down to Phillip Island There he became part of the surf scene where nicknames were one of lifes necessities and picked up the name he took
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