In conversation with Annajoy David, Eddie Pillar and Dean Rudland
In conversation and playing the records of the Specials, Kate Tempest, the Style Council, and the Selecter.
'This definitive books suggests that now might be the time to learn from the story it tells.' John Harris reviews the paperback of edition of Walls Come Tumbling Down by Daniel Rachel.
Listen to author Daniel Rachel and Billy Bragg discuss new Rock Against Racism book ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’ ByDamian Jones Apr 28, 2017 A podcast featuring Billy Bragg and award winning author Daniel Rachel has been posted online. The audio focuses on Rachel’s new book Walls Come Tumbling Down which consists of new conversations with over 100 contributors, including Pauline [...]
British 70s protest-music chronicle wins music book of the year Daniel Rachel’s Walls Come Tumbling Down, an exhaustive account of the Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge movements, takes the Penderyn music book prize ‘Very important at this moment in time, too’ … the Clash perform at the 1978 Rock Against Racism carnival [...]
Walls Come Tumbling Down: the music and politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge has won the Penderyn Music Book Prize 2017. 'The Mercury Prize of Books' - NME 'I am so thrilled to receive the Penderyn Music Book Prize. The last time I won a prize was the tombola at St [...]
Walls Come Tumbling Down: the music and politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge has won the Penderyn Music Book Prize 2017. 'The Mercury Prize of Books' - NME 'I am so thrilled to receive the Penderyn Music Book Prize. The last time I won a prize was the tombola at St Christopher’s [...]
Daniel will be the guest contributor on the first of a new BBC Radio 5 Live series 'The Up All Night Recortd Club' Episode 1: The Beatles 'Revolver' The Human League 'Dare' Both albums, upon release, were awarded 5 star reviews. Do the rceords stand up in 2017. Phone in and share your opinions. BBC [...]
Friends of the Earth invited prominant people to contribute to question, 'Which is the best protest song?' 10 January 2017 Which is the best protest song? They can stir our hearts, emotions and actions. But which are the best-ever protest songs? Oliver Bennett asks prominent people to share the music that moved them most. Where [...]
Bob Marley – I Shot the Sherriff DAVID HINDS Clapton was hailed as a god because of the Yardbirds and then Cream, but I thought ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ was utter rubbish. It was nowhere on a par to Marley’s version: Sheriff John Brown always hated me . . . every time I plant a seed [...]
Ocean Colour Scene's Moseley Shoals 20th anniversary tour programme features words from Daniel. taken from the deluxe re-issue.
Daniel talks to Shaun about socialism, anti-fascism and the Specials chasing racists out of the dance hall. Listen again. Interview at 2hrs
In conversation with Jean from Picador about the events that contribute to Walls Come Tumbling Down. Daniel talks through the music behind Walls Come Tumbling Down Check out some of Daniel's recommendations on a special playlist he made for Pan Macmillan here: http://www.picador.com/blog/august-20...
Read Tracey Thorn's article 'What has happened to Political Pop' about Red Wedge and clearing up after Billy Bragg, in the New Statesman.
Extract from the opening pages about Eric Clapton's racist rant at the Birmingham Odeon in August 1976
Mojo Magazine 3 page extract from Walls Come Tumbling Down about the 2 Tone, 1979 featuring the Specials, the Selecter and Madness.
People's History Museum with Billy Bragg: 'An amazing oral history of a time when pop culture fought against the forces of darkness. Well worth reading not just by those who were there, but also by anyone looking for the inspiration to mix pop and politics in the 21st century.' Jerry Dammers at the launch of [...]
This is a triumphant oral history of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge, a timely account of 1970s-80s musicians who fought against bigotry and Thatcherism John Harris review of Walls Come Tumbling Down...'triumphant...definitive book...the details are as much rooted in great human stories as dry politics, and the text manages to sustain its mood [...]
11 track playlist especially chosen for Fred Perry by Daniel coupled with and an exclusive interview at Fred Perry subculture
Film from the Walls Come Tumbling Down in conversation at the Birmingham Literary Festival Studio Theatre (l-r) Richard Coles, Ruth Gregory, Ranking Roger, Daniel Rachel.
"I have to give a little credit to not knowing anything. That’s probably why I write, because I’ve got so many questions unanswered. And also I don’t know my instrument very well, which has helped me a lot."
"LDN was inspired by Wordsworth’s Composed Upon Westminster Bridge. That was one of the poems I studied for GCSE English at school. I remember thinking, ‘I want to write about London,’ and looking at that poem online and thinking, ‘That’s what he thought, what do I think?’"
"I used to leave myself voicemails when I had ideas. In one case, I was away a week and a half and when I came back it had been deleted. I asked the phone company to access my voice messages, but they wouldn’t. "
All that Definitely Maybe, Morning Glory, Be Here Now stuff was written while I was still on the dole. I had the chords, the arrangements, the melodies; just bits of lyrics to fill in.