|Birth name||John Lewis Schumann|
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Genre(s)||rock, Australian folk|
|Occupation(s)||musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, politician|
John Lewis Schumann (born c. Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. Not to be confused with Bush (band. A bush band is a group of Musicians that play traditional Australian Folk music In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Epic Records is an American Record label. It is owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment. Columbia Records is an American Record label founded in 1888 Columbia is the oldest surviving Brand name in pre-recorded sound being the first record company is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato Tokyo, Japan, and one of the world's largest Media conglomerates with For the eucalyptus species see River Red Gum; or for the deciduous tree see American Sweetgum. 1953) is an Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist from Adelaide. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics A guitarist is a Musician who plays the Guitar. Guitarists may perform solo pieces or play with ensembles and bands of a wide variety of genres Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a He is best known as the lead singer for the folk group Redgum, with their chart-topping hit "I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green)", a song exploring the psychological and medical side-effects of serving in the Australian forces during the Vietnam War. Not to be confused with Bush (band. A bush band is a group of Musicians that play traditional Australian Folk music For the eucalyptus species see River Red Gum; or for the deciduous tree see American Sweetgum. " Only Nineteen " aka " I Was Only Nineteen " or " A Walk in the Light Green " was the most widely recognised song produced by Australian The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia The song's sales assisted Vietnam Veterans during the 1983 Royal Commission into the effects of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliants employed during the war. Agent Orange is the code name for a powerful Herbicide and Defoliant used by the U  Schumann was also an Australian Democrats candidate in the 1998 Federal election. The Australian Democrats is an Australian Political party espousing a centrist or Social liberal ideology
Schumann attended Flinders University studying Philosophy, English and Drama. For the eucalyptus species see River Red Gum; or for the deciduous tree see American Sweetgum. Flinders University, or The Flinders University of South Australia, is a Public university in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia In 1975 he contributed to a radical politics in art project, convened by Professor Brian Medlin with fellow students Michael Atkinson and Verity Truman. The three students went on to form political folk band Redgum and began performing in local pubs and campuses. For the eucalyptus species see River Red Gum; or for the deciduous tree see American Sweetgum. An 'underground recording' of their music was made at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) studios in Adelaide by Darc Cassidy - the tapes went on to become popular on campuses across Australia and on independent radio. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly abbreviated to the 'ABC' is Australia's national public broadcaster. Chris Timms (also from Flinders University) joined the group in 1976 and they toured to Melbourne as a part-time group. Schumann was by then teaching English and Drama at Marion High School and performing on weekends and school holidays. By December 1980, they decided to become a full-time band. Schumann wrote their biggest hits including "Long Run", "The last Frontier", "I Was Only Nineteen" (March 1983) and "I've Been to Bali Too" (1984).  In 1985 Redgum toured overseas performing at major festivals across England and Europe including the Edinburgh Festival and in war torn Belfast in Northern Ireland. The band had a strong following in Scandinavia.
Schumann left Redgum (late 1985) due to continual pressure to tour and to spend more time with his young family in the Adelaide Hills. He embarked upon a solo career with CBS, where he released several records, including Etched in Blue (1987), and a children's record, Looby Loo (1989). CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network.  The 1987 single "Borrowed Ground" from Etched in Blue was given the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Most Performed Australasian Country Work Award in 1988. The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA is a Copyright Collecting society representing New Zealand and Australian composers lyricists  In 1992 he recorded a single for Sony entitled "Eyes on Fire", this was followed by an album for Columbia Records in 1993, True Believers. is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato Tokyo, Japan, and one of the world's largest Media conglomerates with Columbia Records is an American Record label founded in 1888 Columbia is the oldest surviving Brand name in pre-recorded sound being the first record company 
Schumann used his public profile and became involved in social justice issues: rallying against Queensland's Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen; the 'Save The Franklin River' campaign including as a member of Gordon Franklin & the Wilderness Ensemble (contained members of Goanna and Redgum) to record a single "Let the Franklin Flow" in 1983 and seeking justice and compensation for Vietnam Veterans in the 1980s and 1990s. Sir Johannes "Joh" Bjelke-Petersen KCMG (13 January 1911 &ndash 23 April 2005] New Zealand -born Australian Politician, was the longest-serving The Franklin Dam or Gordon-below-Franklin Dam project was a proposed dam on the Gordon River in Tasmania, Australia that was never For the lizards of the same name see Goanna Goanna is an Australian band notable in integrating social protest with popular music
In 1998 Schumann accepted an appointment as the Chief of Staff for the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Meg Lees. The Australian Democrats is an Australian Political party espousing a centrist or Social liberal ideology Meg Heather Lees (born 19 October 1948) was a member of the Australian Senate from 1990 to 2005 representing the He stood against Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for the Division of Mayo in Adelaide, winning 22. Alexander John Gosse Downer (born 9 September 1951 is an Australian Liberal politician who was Foreign Minister of Australia from March 1996 to December The Division of Mayo is an Australian Electoral Division located in the hills east of Adelaide, South Australia and currently includes the towns of Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia with a 4% of the primary vote to Downer's 45. 6%, taking the vote to preferences. After the distribution of preferences, Downer held the seat 51. This article deals with elections to the Australian Parliament. 7% to Schumann's 48. 3%. Despite coming close to winning the seat, Schumann decided not to contest the seat in the 2001 election, citing a number of reasons including family commitments and the Democrat's grass-roots decision to elect Senator Natasha Stott Despoja as leader in April 2001. Natasha Jessica Stott Despoja (born 9 September 1969) is an Australian former politician and former leader of the Australian Democrats. 
Schumann is a co-director of Schumann & Associates - a communications, public relations and consultancy company. He speaks on issues of social justice and Australian identity to universities and companies. In 2008 Flinders University recognised him as a distinguished alumnus for his contribution to Australian music and social justice. He is not affiliated with any political party.
Schumann and Redgum were bought back to public attention in 2006 when Australian Hip-Hop group The Herd covered "I Was Only 19" with Schumann supplying some vocals. " Only Nineteen " aka " I Was Only Nineteen " or " A Walk in the Light Green " was the most widely recognised song produced by Australian In 2006 John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew performed in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tân.  The concert was broadcast nationally by ABC radio. 
In 2005 Schumann invited a number of musicians (including ex-Redgum members Hugh McDonald and Michael Atkinson) to play and sing on his album Lawson, comprising songs Schumann wrote based on poems by Australian poet Henry Lawson. Henry Lawson (17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 was an Australian writer and poet In 2007 John Schumann and The Vagabond Crew provided the music for a stage play, "Lawson", starring Max Cullen as Henry Lawson.
After refusing to appear live on the 1980s ABC music-TV show, Countdown, Schumann appeared in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia in August and September 2007. Countdown was a long-running popular weekly Australian music Television show broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from late The Countdown Spectacular is a series of concerts reviving the nostalgia of the Australian music television series Countdown. He sang the hit "I Was Only 19" only.
From late 2007, John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew have appeared at major music festivals around Australia. Schumann has been signed to a new multi-album deal by ABC Music and is due to release a new album in August 2008.
Schumann met Denise 'Denny' Storen in 1981 and they later married, she is the sister of Vietnam Veteran Mick Storen, whose recollections inspired "I Was Only Nineteen".  The couple have a son and a daughter.
See Redgum for earlier recordings. For the eucalyptus species see River Red Gum; or for the deciduous tree see American Sweetgum.