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NAIDOC Week (from 1-8 July) celebrations will be held across Australia this July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme – They dared to challenged – celebrates those who supported and re-ignited the spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the establishment of the…


Iconic Songs with Archie Roach

Friday 6 July, 10.30pm

Sometimes a song really does change a nation. Filmed live at WOMADelaide 2011, Archie Roach is joined by long-time friends Shane Howard and Neil Murray to perform three iconic Australian songs – Took the Children Away, Solid Rock and My Island Home. The three retell the intimate stories behind their songs, the inspiration and their…


Murundak – Songs of Freedom

Wednesday 4 July, 9.30pm

This feature documentary journeys into the heart of Indigenous protest music following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia’s finest Aboriginal artists. From the concert halls of the Sydney Opera House to the remote communities of the Northern Territory, ‘murundak’ – meaning ‘alive’ in Woirurrung language – brings together pioneering singers and…


Track List – notes from the hard road and beyond

notes from the hard road and beyond brought together a star-studded cast to perform protest songs from throughout the ages. See full track list below.   Which Side Are You On – Lou Bennett with Shane Howard & Paul Dempsey I Was Only Nineteen – John Schumann with Shane Howard I Am Woman –  Joss…


Soundtrack of a Revolution: YouTube Playlist

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The closing night of Melbourne Festival 2011, notes from the hard road and beyond, brought together some of the world’s biggest performers to sing protest songs from throughout the ages. Before you watch the world television premiere of the concert on STUDIO, relive all the original performances from the likes of Bob Dylan, Green Day…


I Believe…

Friday 25 November, 8.30pm
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At the closing night concert of Melbourne Festival 2011, guests enjoyed a spectacular tribute to the lives and voices that changed the course of human history. notes from the hard road and beyond was a celebration of music of protest, rebellion, love and hope and featured the incredible Mavis Staples, Joss Stone and Something for…


notes from the hard road and beyond from Melbourne Festival 2011

Friday 25 November, 8.30pm
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Direct from the closing night of Melbourne Festival 2011, soul singer Joss Stone, gospel legend Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, Something for Kate’s Paul Dempsey and hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal perform an uplifting evening of protest songs from throughout the ages. From abolition to the civil rights movement, women’s suffrage to the anti-war sentiments…


Shane Howard’s still standin’

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“Standin’ on solid rock,  Standin’ on sacred ground,  Living on borrowed time,  And the winds of change are blowin’ down the line” So go the famous lines of Shane Howard’s hit song Standin’ on Solid Rock, lyrics which soon became one of the anthems of land-rights activism and inspired a whole new generation of writers…


Archie Roach sings Took the Children Away

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Archie Roach is an icon of the Australian music industry and his honest storytelling tells the sad truth of indigenous Australia. He wrote the landmark song Took the Children Away in 1990, about his own childhood and being taken by authorities from his parents to a mission. “You took the children away, Breaking their mothers…