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[For Non-Australians: the above warning is included because in some Indigenous Australian cultures it is forbidden to refer to people who have died, because of that it is customary in Australia to provide warnings when material concerning Indigenous issues that contains references to, or images of, deceased people.]
Kev Carmody is an Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter. At the age of 10 years Kev and his younger brother were removed from his parents and placed in a Christian school as a part of the notorious "Stolen Generation" policy of the Australian Government. After finishing his schooling he returned to rural areas and worked in various rural labouring jobs. When he was 33 years old he entered University to study for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in history. Due to his limited early schooling he was unable to read and write to the usual University standards but he negotiated with his tutors that until his writing abilities were up to standard that he would present his research in musical format accompanied by guitar. After he had completed his BA, and a Diploma of Education, his unusual method of presentation led Kev to a career in music, with his 1st album being released in 1988.
Thou Shalt Not Steal was originally released on Kev‘s debut, 1988 album Pillars of Society and as a single 2 years later. It is about the European colonisation of Australia told from the point of view of the indigenous people, pointing out the hypocrisy of the settlers who stole the land and introduced a religion that preaches Thou Shalt Not Steal. It was released during the bicentennial year of European colonisation of Australia. This is Kev at his finest, discussing issues that are important to him, and all right-minded Australians, in a poetic manner with an honest voice.