REDGUM IN A BLACK BOX BENEFIT CD
“And the Anzac legends didn't mention mud and blood and tears/ and the stories that my father told me never seemed quite real/ I caught some pieces in my back that I didn't even feel/ God help me I was only nineteen/ and can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep? / and why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet? / and what's this rash that comes and goes/ can you tell me what it means?/ God help me, I was only nineteen.” - Only Nineteen - John Schumann.
Altruistic Adelaide country-folk band Redgum has donated proceeds from its l985 Live In Amsterdam CD to the Australian Road Crew Association.
Redgum , renowned for support of military veterans and other major causes, is the first band to step into the welfare breech.
Live In Amsterdam is the debut disc on Black Box Records for ARCA - a not for profit organisation dedicated to the welfare of live production crew in Australia.
ARCA provides financial and counselling assistance to road managers who experienced a high suicide rate and health issues after their employment ceased.
Roadies amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years and made ARCA their custodian.
Acts including Australian Crawl, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, The Models and Paul Kelly plan to assist the crews who helped them on their journey.
ARCA founder Ian Peel said, “These live recordings are culturally important especially of the pub rock era of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Many told him, “My kids are most likely going to throw my tapes out after I die, so I might as well assign the rights to ARCA .”
The Roadies Fund was set up via a partnership with music industry benevolent society, Support Act Ltd.
Peel recounts, “135 of us have died, 29 from their own hands. We've just lost three more in the last month.”
The Redgum live disc and cassette - recorded at Melkweg, Amsterdam , and released on November 10 - is the first in this series.
THE BOYS IN BLACK
“ Got a ride out to Kuta in the back of a truck/ cost me twenty dollars and it wasn't worth a buck/ hustled to a losmen down in Poppy's Lane/ by a Javanese guy in a tropical rainstorm/ lock up your daughters/ I've been to Bali too.” - I've Been To Bali Too - John Schumann.
“In 2012, we had a benefit at the St Kilda Bowls Club , which served as something like an Anzac Day for us.
“Roadies don't get royalties - many of them travel the world, are away from their families, but when the band breaks up or stops touring, they're forgotten.
“Some guys spent 10 and 15 years in this stage of their lives, but now do not want to know about it anymore, as they have nothing to show for it.”
The Redgum Amsterdam disc features major hits I Was Only 19 and I've Been To Bali Too , Diamantina Drover , Poor Ned, ASIO and Spirit Of The Land .
Redgum released six studio albums, a 1983 live disc and four compilations after forming in Adelaide in 1975.
Lead singer and former teacher John Schuman released two solo albums and stood for Federal parliament as an independent in 1998.
He also released two discs with Redgum guitarist - Hugh McDonald who died at 62 of cancer in 2016 - as the Vagabond Crew in 2005 and 2008.
Track listing Disc
1 Poor Ned
2 I Was Only 19
3 Nuclear Cop
4 Spirit of the Land
5 Beyond Reason
6 Gladstone Pier
7 Irish Jigs and Reels
8 Just Another Moment On Your Own
9 Killing Floor
10 I've Been To Bali Too
11 Still Life
Catalogue No Blackbox001
Further info - https://www.australianroadcrew.com.au/