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Editors’ Notes

Archie Roach got some of his toughest songs from experience: "Took the Children Away", the standout of his debut album, is about the Australian government forcibly separating the children of indigenous families—something that Roach lived through as a child. Aboriginal struggles are a running theme on this album, whether on the uplifting "Native Born" or the lament "Beautiful Child". Producer Paul Kelly keeps Roach's deep voice and acoustic guitar upfront. "Down City Streets" adds organ and harmonies evoking The Band.

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

With his politically charged lyrics backed to the tradition-rooted rhythms of his acoustic guitar, Archie Roach has risen to the upper echelon of Australia's music. His album, Charcoal Lane, was one of Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 50 albums of 1992 and received an ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) award as Best Indigenous Album of the Year and led to Roach receiving an ARIA as Best New Talent. The album included the heartbreaking tune, "Took the Child Away." Dealing with the many aboriginal...
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