Archie Roach discusses the momentous occasion when Paul Kelly and Steve Connolly asked him to make a record. Archie nearly let the opportunity go until his partner Ruby Hunter told him, 'It's not all about you, you know'.
Luckily for Australian music history, Archie took her advice and went on to record Charcoal Lane in 1990. In 2019 he's released his ninth studio album Tell Me Why.
Archie names other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have served as inspirations to himself and others: boxer Lionel Rose (1948–2011), tennis player Evonne Goolagong Cawley (born 1951), Pastor Doug Nicholls (1906–1988) and AFL footballer Polly Farmer (1935–2019).
This clip is taken from an exclusive interview with the NFSA from the online Archie Roach curated collection.
Notes by Beth Taylor