By Roach, Archie
One of the most powerful and highly anticipated life stories to be told in Australian history. No one has lived as many lives as Archie Roach - stolen child, seeker, lover, leader, and musical and lyrical genius - but it took him almost a lifetime to find out who he really was. R...oach was only a few years old when he was forcibly removed from his family. Brought up by loving 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, Roach's story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal - and music. Overcoming enormous odds to find his story and his people, Roach voiced the joy, pain and shining hope he found on his path through song and became the legendary singer-songwriter that he is today - beloved by millions and the beating heart of our country. A stunning story of resilience and strength - and of one of the greatest love stories ever told.Read more
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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