Archie Roach

Archie Roach's memoir is one of the most powerful and highly anticipated Australian stories ever told. Not many have lived as many lives as Archie – from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, to social advocate and First Nations leader – but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was. Tell Me Why is a compelling account of resilience and the strength of spirit to overcome trauma whilst searching for a sense of belonging – and a great love story. In this intimate, moving and often confronting journey, Archie's story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and testament to the healing power of music. It is also about his struggle to find the will to keep living following a debilitating stroke, lung cancer and the sudden death of his life partner of 38 years, Ruby Hunter – a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter in her own right. 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 and respected by fans worldwide. Archie will retire from touring in 2020 after 30 years of performing.