Archie Roach: Ruby Hunter Recording ‘Louis St John’

Title:
Archie Roach: Ruby Hunter Recording ‘Louis St John’
NFSA ID:
1496623
Year:
1997
Courtesy:
Archie Roach
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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This clip shows actuality footage of Ruby Hunter recording vocals for the song 'Louis St John' from the 1997 album Looking For Butterboy. Archie wrote the song about the racially motivated murder of Perth teenager Louis St John Johnson (Warren Braeden) in 1992. Ruby's raw vocals affirm the power of the human spirit, evoking a mother's love and loss.

Behind the scenes footage of musicians like this clip is often intriguing, affording us a rare glimpse into the creative process. It's a pity this was moment wasn't filmed by a professional production team. But while the result is less than perfect it still documents an important piece of Australian music history.