Paul Kelly has unveiled the moving video for his new track, 'A Bastard Like Me', from celebrated director Rachel Perkins ('Mystery Road', 'Bran Nue Dae', 'Redfern Now', 'The First Australians').
"'A Bastard Like Me' is the title of an autobiography by Charles Perkins, the first Aboriginal man to receive a university degree from the University of Sydney," Paul says.
"Charles, of Arrernte, Kalkadoon and Irish heritage, was at the forefront of the struggle for justice and equality for his people for many years. He died in 2000. The song takes its title directly from the book and is based on his life.
"I'd like to thank his daughter, filmmaker Rachel Perkins, for encouraging me to write the song and to the whole Perkins family for assisting with materials - archival footage, home videos and family photos - for the video. Thanks, also, to the Solid State team for an inspired edit.
"If you want to know more about Charlie I'd recommend the documentaries 'Fire Talker' by Ivan Sen, 'Freedom Ride' by Rachel Perkins, the biography 'Charles Perkins' by Peter Read and, of course, his book 'A Bastard Like Me'."
'A Bastard Like Me' is the second song to be lifted from Paul's forthcoming new album, 'Nature', which will be released 12 October.
Paul Kelly Making Gravy Tour DatesFri 14 Dec - Sidney Myer Music Bowl (Melbourne)
Sat 15 Dec - The Domain (Sydney)
Fri 21 Dec - The Riverstage (Brisbane)
*with Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey