Leo Sayer sings: no fracking way to pro CSG debate
VETERAN British-born rocker Leo Sayer has thrown his cultural cache behind the anti-coal seam gas movement with the release of a new song, No Fracking Way.
Uploaded to YouTube on December 13, it includes a smorgasbord of locally gleaned footage from the Doubtful Creek blockade in February.
Opening with the sarcastic lines "Lesson one, load your gun, drill the land to kingdom come," it rages against the coal seam gas industry with AC/DC-esque pub rock guitar licks.
Northern Rivers locals are co-starring in the video alongside the 65-year-old singer, including a brief appearance by Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell.
Some of the locals appearing in the clip include Githabul elder Kevin Boota, who was one of the first arrested at Doubtful Creek, Kyogle area farmer Don Durrant, and longtime peace activist and Nimbin identity Benny Zable.
The video also features a slew of Aussie rock icons including The Angels frontman Doc Neeson, Deni Hines, Kevin Borich, Casey Burgess, Mitch Anderson, Mark Gable, Jeff Duff, Steve Balbi, Jade Hurley, Connor Cleary, Alex Gibson, Graham Wilson, and local Jarmb-Ji Githabul.
Northern Rivers filmmakers Brendan Shoebridge and David Lowe contributed the local protest footage to the project, while other sections were filmed at a Sydney studio. Sayer, a prolific British-born rocker, became an Australian citizen in 2009 after emigrating here, one of his lifelong ambitions, in 2005.