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Monday, 04 June 2018 13:19

The Penguin Eggs Interview — Archie Roach

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He’s far too modest to readily accept such a description, but Archie Roach is one of Australia’s most significant singer/songwriters. Drawing inspiration from his painful early days as one of the ‘stolen generation’, his autobiographical song Took The Children Away about the hardship and humiliation suffered by indigenous Australians won a Human Rights Award.

Despite numerous personal problems, living on the streets, he overcame alcohol addiction, formed The Altogethers with the late Ruby Hunter, and used his experiences as a basis for the songs on his 1991 award-winning debut solo album Charcoal Lane. Now 61, and with 10 albums under his belt, he continues to be a major voice, not just for the aboriginal community but all communities.

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