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.
'Tell Me Why is an extraordinary odyssey and offering. Archie has come through snares, pits and suffering to bring us an inspiring tale of survival, grace and generosity. This book should be in every school.' -- Paul Kelly 'Best book of 2019: Tell Me Why by Archie Roach, a beautifully written autobiography that captures one of the most remarkable lives in Australian music' * Weekend Australian * 'Roach is honest and humble in his oft-heartbreaking retelling of his search for identity, belonging and purpose' * Courier Mail * 'Beautiful, gut-wrenching and compelling memoir' * Sydney Morning Herald * 'Just like his early songs, Tell Me Why was written with empathy as its impetus and that intent shines through on every page. This is a phenomenal work by one of the most articulate and recognisable members of the Stolen Generations. It will be read, studied and discussed for many years to come.' * The Australian * 'Archie's deeply resonant voice sings out - of a broken country and a life renewed. The voice of Australia.' -- Daniel Browning, ABC journalist and producer