Paul Kelly has been marking out the Australian landscape and its people through words and music for almost 40 years.
Sixth of nine children, former altar boy, dux of his school, sports champion and grandson of two famous opera singers, Kelly first began playing guitar at the age of 12. Since then, he has penned over 350 songs about love, sex, death, family, friends and places, drawing on his many literary, musical, artistic and sporting heroes for inspiration, begging, borrowing and stealing from all of them. His songs chart, not just the physical terrain, but also the emotional landscapes he and his contemporaries have walked through.
Through melody and verse, Kelly has the unique ability to communicate across all age groups and gender. In his collaboration with Indigenous musicians, young performers, playwrights and film directors, he has created some of the most important songs of our times.
Paul Kelly has seen failure and success. And he has the songs to show for it. A very private person in a public career, Paul Kelly: Stories of Me reveals the man and his music for the first time.
9:25pm Sunday, 27 October ABC1.