Saturday, October 9, 2010

Paul Kelly live at Planet Books

On Thursday night I dropped in to my local bookshop Planet Books here in Mt Lawley to hear singer songwriter Paul Kelly read from and talk about his new book How to Make Gravy and sing a couple of songs from his 8 CD boxset of live recordings The A-Z Recordings. As well as taking questions from the large audience Kelly spent over an hour signing books.

Paul Kelly is a uniquely Australian singer songwriter whose songs tell important stories about historical events and the lives and struggles of ordinary Australians. Although he claims not to write "message songs", it is the social  commentary and historical narratives contained in so many of his songs, that make his music so important. (And I suspect why his music is held in such high esteem).

In songs like Little Kings, Maralinga, From Little Things Big Things Grow, Jandamarra/Pigeon, Bicentennial, Treaty (with Yothu Yindi) and The Ballad of Queenie and Rover Kelly informs and educates Australians about their country's Indigenous history.

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