Each Sunday throughout AusMusic Month Double J is celebrating a classic Australian album. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Charcoal Lane by Archie Roach.
It still stands today as an honest and stark description of the struggles of Indigenous Australians.
As a very young child, Roach and his sisters were removed from their family and placed in an orphanage as part of the Stolen Generations. This traumatic time set the scene for Roach’s Human Rights Award-winning song ‘They Took The Children Away’.
Years later, Roach moved to Melbourne and opened for Paul Kelly, who eventually convinced Roach to write and record Charcoal Lane.
To mark 25 years since the album’s release, a bunch of Australian musicians have re-recorded some of the key tracks. Paul Kelly and Courtney Barnett team up on ‘Charcoal Lane’, ‘Munjana’ is reinterpreted by Dan Sultan and Emma Donovan, and Briggs, Gurrumul and Dewayne Everettsmith give us their rendition of ‘The Children Came Back’.
Fall in love all over again with Archie Roach’s Charcoal Lane and hear some of the key tracks re-imagined by darlings of Aussie music.