Standing on sacred ground

Posted on November 9, 2010


The Australian edition of The Big Issue has just published ‘Standing on sacred ground’, an overview of the music of Shane Howard.

I first wrote about Shane Howard in the early 1980s. Who’d have known that all these years later I’d still be writing about him?

The Big Issue article (edition 367) is part of a feature about rising Indigenous musicians such as Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan.

Here’s how the Shane Howard article begins:

At a gig at the Oakleigh RSL in Melbourne in late August Shane Howard said of his most famous song: “You don’t hear the word ‘genocide’ in too many pop songs. I reckon blackfellas knew what the song was about straight away. It took a while longer for the whitefellas to catch on.”

Shane Howard Big Issue article