Bob's Open Road

There are no excerpts for this Leader.

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Uluru, Northern Territory AUS

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

BOB RANDALL

Musician/Writer/Documentarian

“It's ordinary people that can make the difference; honestly, people's power is the only way to change a system that is not a good system.”

INTERESTS:

Music Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Beliefs & Faith Courage Culture Family Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

abducted, anger, bitterness, ceremony, death, home, land, letting go, loss, making a difference, moving on, parents, people, positivity, sharing stories, stolen generation, survival, taken, talking with people, Uluru

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Part of Australia’s “Stolen Generation”; taken from his Aboriginal home, placed in a Christian institution.
  • Aboriginal children are taken to bush camps and are taught the stories, songs, dances and art forms of their ancestors.
  • Randall was taken from his home, family before he got to experience this camp; his heritage was “taken away.”
  • Was taken to a Methodist island with hundreds of other Aboriginal children, had to live in a dorm and he hated it.
  • Spent years trying to go back to his home, find his parents; finally found out that they’d both passed away.
  • After that heartache, he wrote out a 50-verse song of pain, then burnt it; set his pain alight, “gave it to the wind.”
  • Returned to his Uluru community to learn about his ancestry, try to improve conditions through his music, films.
  • Says the key to staying positive is letting go of your pain, but also being willing and open to talking about it—this can foster change.

Send us your feedback

(all fields are required)