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Goanna ‘Solid Rock’ Added to National Film & Sound Archive

by Paul Cashmere on October 30, 2018

in News

Goanna’s classic ‘Solid Rock’ is to become a museum piece. The National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra has announced that the 1982 ‘Spirit of Place’ track will be added to its Sounds of Australia.

Goanna founder Shane Howard says he was moved by the news. “I was moved to receive the news from the National Film & Sound Archive that my song, ‘Solid Rock, Sacred Ground’ was to be honoured as one of the Sounds of Australia,” he said in a Facebook post.

“It means a lot to know that the song, which set out to shine a light on the historical injustice suffered by Aboriginal Australians, is now to be formally set in stone as a part of Australian history”.

However wrote the song in 1981 when he was visiting Uluru. “Little did I know, as a young man writing the song at Uluru in 1981 and witnessing a powerful traditional inma, or ceremony, that it would go on to resonate so profoundly around Australia and beyond. I wanted people to understand that the prosperity we enjoy in Australia, comes on the back of an enormous amount of suffering for our Aboriginal brothers and sisters,” he said.

Initially the record company Warner didn’t want to release ‘Solid Rock’ as a single because they thought it was too political. ‘Solid Rock’ reached no 3 on the Australian chart of 1982 and no 71 in the USA.

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