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Author Summers, Ronnie, 1944-

Title Ronnie : Tasmanian songman / Ronnie Summers with Helen Gee
Edition First edition
Published Broome, W.A. : Magabala Books, 2009


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Description 147 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm + 1 CD
Summary Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman is the story of musician, storyteller and craftsman, Ronnie Summers as he recalls the freedom of growing up Cape Barren Island and how the music passed on by his uncles and the island's old fellas has shaped his life. He draws on a childhood working the mutton-bird islands, a 'kangaroo court' prison term as a bewildered teenager, and then turning to alcohol after the death of his baby son. It wasn't until later in life that he discovered he was part of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. At last, guided by the power of his ancestry, he was able to turn his life around. Born an 'Islander'-not Aboriginal, not white-he had been without race. This story documents his struggle for a place in his own country, and echoes and amplifies that of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community
Subject Summers, Ronnie, 1944-
Musicians -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Biography.
Aboriginal Tasmanian musicians -- Tasmania -- Cape Barren Island -- Biography
Aboriginal Tasmanians -- Australia -- Cape Barren Island (Tas.) -- Biography.
Aboriginal Tasmanians -- Australia -- Cape Barren Island (Tas.) -- Social life and customs.
Music -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Cape Barren Island
Songs, Aboriginal Tasmanian
Cape Barren Island (Tas.) -- Social life and customs.
Cape Barren Island (Tas.) -- Songs and music.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Author Gee, Helen.
ISBN 9781921248108 paperback
Other Titles Ronnie : Tasmanian songman