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Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why 1

The Story of My Life and My Music

by Archie Roach
Hardback / Hardcover
Publication Date: 01/11/2019
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A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader.

No one has lived as many lives as Archie Roach – stolen child, seeker, teenage alcoholic, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, and leader – but it took him almost a lifetime to find out who he really was.

Roach was only two years old when he was forcibly removed from his family. Brought up by a series of foster parents until his early teens, his world imploded when he received a letter that spoke of a life he had no memory of.

In this intimate, moving and often shocking memoir, Archie’s story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music. Overcoming enormous odds to find his story and his people, Archie voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through song to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today – beloved by fans worldwide.

Tell Me Why is a stunning account of resilience and the strength of spirit – and of a great love story.

ISBN:
9781760850166
9781760850166
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Hardback / Hardcover
Publication Date:
01-11-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
384
Dimensions (mm):
234.01x153.01mm
Archie Roach

Archie Roach AM, a Gunditjmara and Bundjalung man, was born in Victoria in 1956. Taken at the age of two from parents he never saw again, he was placed into foster care. He started writing songs after meeting his soulmate Ruby Hunter when they were both homeless teenagers. His heartbreaking signature song, ‘Took the Children Away’, from his 1990 ARIA award-winning debut album Charcoal Lane, has become an anthem for the Stolen Generations.

The song was the first to win an Australian Human Rights Award and the album was featured in US Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 in 1992, won two ARIA awards and went gold in Australia. Archie’s recording history includes twelve albums, soundtracks, film and theatrical scores and his books include the award-winning memoir Tell Me Why, accompanied by a companion album, and the picture book Took the Children Away, illustrated by Ruby Hunter.

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Customer Reviews

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • A great story

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    I love this man and his book!