Rick Brewster (musician)

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Rick Brewster
The Angels - Rick Brewster - Lead Guitarist - Profile - circa 1979.jpg
Background information
Birth nameRichard Arthur Brewster
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation(s)Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
InstrumentsGuitar, Washboard
Years active1970–present
LabelsAlberts, CBS, Redeye, Liberation
Associated actsMoonshine Jug and String Band
The Keystone Angels
The Angels
The Angels Band
Brewster Brothers


Richard Brewster-Jones is the lead guitarist of Australian rock band The Angels and is the only member to have held an uninterrupted tenure during the group's entire career. He is publicly known as Rick Brewster.

Rick Brewster, along with his brother John Carrington Brewster-Jones and long time friend Bernard "Doc" Neeson initially joined forces to form the Moonshine Jug & String Band in Adelaide during 1970.

In 1973 the group moved forward with a name change to The Keystone Angels. Originally trained as a classical pianist, 1973 was the first time that Rick Brewster had ever played an electric guitar.

After being signed to Albert's Publishing and relocating from Adelaide to Sydney during 1974 The Keystone Angels, of which Rick Brewster was lead guitarist, then made their final name change to The Angels.

At this time The Angels, including Rick Brewster, embarked on a studio career under the guidance of legendary record producers Harry Vanda and George Young who were notably former members of Australian band The Easybeats. Under this arrangement The Angels recorded their first three studio albums titled The Angels, Face To Face and No Exit with Rick Brewster playing Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar and sharing song writing credits.

As a member of The Angels Rick Brewster was inducted into the Australian Aria Hall Of Fame during 1988.

On 16 May 2014 Rick Brewster was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall Of Fame in recognition for services to the wider Australian music industry.

Rick Brewster has co-written music with other Australian artists including Ross Wilson who came to fame through such bands as Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock. Their song titled "I Come In Peace" was also recorded by Joe Cocker on his album "Fire It Up".

Offering a strangely statuesque stance whereby he hardly ever moves during a performance has become a unique trademark which led to Rick Brewster to becoming an iconic musician amongst fans of the Australian Pub Rock genre.


Rick Brewster - discography as member of The Angels

  • The Angels (1977)
  • Face to Face (1978)
  • No Exit (1979)
  • Dark Room (1980)
  • Night Attack (1981)
  • Watch the Red (1983)
  • Two Minute Warning (1984)
  • Howling (1986)
  • Beyond Salvation (1990)
  • Red Back Fever (1991)
  • Skin & Bone (1998)
  • Take It to the Streets (2012)
  • Talk the Talk (2014)

External links[edit]


  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-86508-072-7. 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 978-1-86503-891-9. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[1] Note: [on-line] version established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition.
  1. "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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