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Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

by Archie Roach

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A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader. Not many have 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.… (more)
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Archie Roach proves in his autobiography that he's just as powerful a prose writer as a lyricist. At times mind-numbingly sad, at others a tale of sheer triumph, Roach's story demands to be read by everyone so they can understand the horror of a system which forcibly separated kids like him from their parents, people they would never get to know. ( )
  Faradaydon | May 19, 2022 |
What an amazing story. Love the song lyrics at the beginning of each chapter. An incredible story told in a straightforward way - despite the challenges and hardships of his life. A celebration of his love for his wife and family and the amazing journey as a song writer and performer. Highly recommended. ( )
  Dipity | Jul 18, 2021 |
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A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader. Not many have 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.

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