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"They are the children of the Sun who came of age on November 11, 1975 and their music carries a message for the 'Space Invader' generation. The Goanna Band hail from the beaches of Victoria's West Coast, along the Great Ocean Road, between Warrnambool and Geelong."” - Peter Weineger

— The Age 1982

Goanna are an Australian rock band which formed in 1977 in Geelong as 'The Goanna Band' with mainstay Shane Howard as singer-songwriter and guitarist.

The group integrated social protest with popular music and reached No. 1 on the Australian Singles Charts with "Solid Rock" (1982) and  top 20 with "Let the Franklin Flow" (released under the name Gordon Franklin & the Wilderness Ensemble in 1983). Their debut album, Spirit of Place peaked on top of the national albums chart. 

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SHANE'S GOANNA STORY

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There's tall tales and true from a legendary past and the Goanna history book.

It's a big story. There are plenty of updates to come. There'll be re-releases and new releases of old material.

More stories, music, photos, videos and artwork.

Goanna had a lot of people come and go from the line up and the crew over the years. There's plenty of stories to be told.

Goanna never formally finished up.

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Goanna - A celebration of Spirit of Place, 40 years on

WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide

A celebration of Spirit of Place, 40 years on. In 1982, ‘the Goanna Band’ flashed across the sky in an era of Australian self-confidence. Their debut album rocked the nation, stoked a fire for Indigenous rights and left a lasting legacy. Razor’s Edge, Let The Franklin Flow, Solid Rock - the entire Spirit of Place album - helped forge a new Australian identity. Shane Howard, Marcia Howard and Rose Bygrave are reliving those treasures and embracing their wandering spirit again as they embark on a year of celebrating their iconic album.

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Spirit of Place

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Graphic Design: Judi Kenneally.

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Goanna Live Canberra Workers 1985

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Oceania

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MANNING CLARK & GOANNA BAND

In 1982, Manning was Emeritus Professor of Australian History at the ANU. We approached him to ask if we would listen to the Spirit of Place album and maybe write some notes. He agreed and wrote the following. A long friendship developed between Shane & Manning.

Back Cover Liner Notes for Spirit of Place Album - 1982

"The interesting thing about this collection of songs by the members of the Goanna Band is that the composers and performers deal with all the subjects treated by the classical composers. That is to say the Goanna Band are not just entertainers – very good though they are at that level – they are also serious.
    
They are making their contribution at a popular level to the great debate that is going on in Australia, and throughout the whole world. They are concerned, as they put it themselves, not just with life as it is but with life as it should be. They want us all to have life and have it more abundantly. Their music is about that great human longing. They sing about the spirit of place in Australia: they sing about the dangers of a nuclear war: they sing of the evils of poverty and unemployment. They make pleasing sounds: they sing pleasing things. They, and the members of other similar bands, are helping us all not just enjoy life to the full, but, to see, and hear, more than we have done so far. I hope thousands of Australians will listen to them."

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         ‘Howard regards his songs as storytelling in which he tries to express the uniqueness of the Australian environment and culture.”I try to explore rather than exploit such issues as Aboriginal culture,” he says. “It’s absolutely vital for all of us to understand the relationship Aboriginal culture has with the land.”’

                                                                                    Peter Weineger – The Age - 1982

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