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.
"22 years in, I have no idea how to write a hit single. I genuinely don’t. I may never write another. I’m sure Paul McCartney secretly feels the same way... just one more"
"Although all the interviewees have something interesting to say, Rachel's conversation with Lee Mavers is particularly enlightening. A man with obvious gifts, natural gifts, but dogged by suspicion of the music industry, and almost crippled by a Brian Wilson-esque inability to capture on tape the sounds in his head - which is why we've not heard any new music from him in decades."
"Madonna, in my opinion writes quite a lot of banal lyrics, but she's a mistress of banal lyrics because she gets sound."
"You can create chaos and mayhem and heartbreak as a way of stimulating creative juices. I don’t want to do that. I want to live a calm, quiet, balanced life."
""Is That Love" was about the domestic situation I was in at the time. We'd just got married, the whole nesting thing had been taken care of and now we were just man and wife. The ring was by the soap, the beds were being made. It had become very mundane: is that love? "