In this deeply moving memoir, Australian musical legend Archie Roach tells his story for the first time. Best known for his anthem for the Stolen Generations, Took the Children Away, Tell Me Why recounts the impact on his own life of being taken away, separated from family and country. He details his struggle with mental health, attempts to reconnect with his people, and his triumphant redemption through music and love.
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Archie Roach’s iconic song, Took the Children Away, won an International Human Rights Achievement Award and his first album, Charcoal Lane, featured in US Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 in 1992, going gold in Australia and winning two ARIA awards. Archie’s hugely successful recording history includes 12 albums, soundtracks, film and theatrical scores, with his music a consistent presence in the ARIA charts and among the list of ARIA award winners.
David Sly is a writer, author and editor with a career spanning over forty years.