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Denis Kevans interviewed by Chris Woodland [sound recording]
Bib ID 2485992
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Kevans, Denis, 1939-2005, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use. 
Description 2001 June 4 
2 sound discs (CD) (ca. 111 min.) 
Summary

Folkloric recording. Denis Kevans discusses his family history and familial relationships; his upbringing in Canberra and Sydney; attending university but dropping out of medicine; moving to Canberra and working for External affairs (1958); how the human voice has always been very important to him and how it formed an integral part of his upbringing; the stories and songs of the wharfies in Sydney and laments how many of these are now lost; his interest in politics; how Lenin was an interesting figure, however he could never reconcile these with Stalinist ideals; how communism was a positive thing as it fostered a positive community; performing at lunchtimes in factories with others; being linked with the communist party and the ‘realist writers’; John Meredith; Vietnam War; Indigenous sacred sites; Helen Boyle; influences on his life; his interest in the tradition of folklore amongst returned soldiers and the poetry he has collected from the AIF; writing two songs about the Green Bans and Jack Mundy; the work of Bob and Marg Fagan.

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Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available. 
Subjects Kevans, Denis, 1939-2005. -- Interviews.  |  Folk singers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Poets, Australian -- Interviews.
Occupation Poets.  |  Lyricists.
Other authors/contributors Woodland, Chris, 1938-, Interviewer

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