Sky Goes Ska

BREAKING NEWS - SKA GOES SKY! Daniel talks to Anna Jones on Sky News about 2 Tone & Too Much Too Young: the 2 Tone Records Story with lots of great footage of The Specials and The Beat

By |2023-12-22T11:28:00+00:00December 22nd, 2023|News|0 Comments

2 Tone are the News!

The Specials & The Selecter on the BBC News including Horace Panter & Daniel Rachel talking about the publication of 'Too Much Too Young: the 2 Tone Records Story (An Uncut & Times/Sunday Times Book of the Year) Filmed at the Brewhouse Birmingham 1 December 2023

By |2023-12-05T09:52:00+00:00December 5th, 2023|News|0 Comments

A Times / Sunday Times Book of the Year

Too Much Too Young has been named a Times/Sunday Times Books of the Year. 'Jerry Dammers set out with a goal: to unite black & white, male & female, in punky ska that would serve as a riposte to the privations of Britain in the 1970s' Too Much Too Young: The Story of 2 Tone [...]

By |2023-11-25T11:10:19+00:00November 25th, 2023|News|0 Comments

Big Issue 2 Tone feature

How The Specials and 2 Tone empowered a generation to believe in a multicultural future Against a backdrop of division and despair, disaffected youth united through The Specials and 2 Tone to challenge the Thatcherite status quo DANIEL RACHEL 11 Nov 2023 The Specials played the Hope & Anchor in 1980. Photo: Justin Thomas Within [...]

By |2023-11-17T09:08:14+00:00November 17th, 2023|News|0 Comments

Guardian extract from Too Much Too Young

‘Richard Branson was shrieking: has anyone signed them yet?’ The invasion of all-female ska band the Bodysnatchers In an extract from a new book documenting the 2 Tone ska scene of late 70s and early 80s Britain, members of its key girl group relive their bright, brief and often brutal career Daniel Rachel Wed 11 [...]

By |2023-10-12T14:44:12+01:00October 11th, 2023|News|0 Comments

Britpop TV Documentary

Calling all fans! Brand new #documentary charting the birth, the rise and the fall of the music culture movement that put the focus on Britishness, looking at the intertwining fortunes and rivalries of #Blur, #Oasis, #Suede and #Elastica. #Britpop: The Music That Changed Britain, Sundays at 9pm Daniel is a guest co9ntributor across he 4 [...]

By |2023-03-13T15:27:33+00:00March 13th, 2023|News|0 Comments


◀︎ TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT ► 5 Nights with Simon Fowler (Ocean Colour Scene) Birmingham • Liverpool • Edinburgh • London In conversation with award-winning author Daniel Rachel, Simon will discuss his life as the lead singer of Ocean Colour, play a live acoustic set and meet / sign copie sof his new memor, One For The [...]

By |2023-03-08T17:28:37+00:00February 1st, 2023|News|0 Comments

Book Off! Simon Fowler & Daniel Rachel

Singer/Songwriter and Ocean Colour Scene frontman Simon Fowler goes head to head with author longtime friend and collaborator Daniel Rachel, in a war of the words! They talk about collaborating on their new book, their friendship, lost songs, how great the 1990s were and what they have been reading and enjoying recently. The Book Off [...]

By |2022-12-23T13:23:11+00:00December 22nd, 2022|News|0 Comments

Chris Evans talks One For The Road

Listen again as Simon Fowler (Ocean Colour Scene) talks to Chris Evans about his new memoir and plays three exclusive live acousitc songs. Listen here. Simon plays at 2hrs. Watch Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler on The Stool Of Rock - featuring a touching Joni Mitchell cover Virgin Radio 8 Dec 2022, 16:11 Ocean Colour [...]

By |2022-12-09T16:30:32+00:00December 9th, 2022|News|0 Comments

The Paul Weller Fan Podcast

Episode 124 features a great interview with  Simon Fowler (Ocean Colour Scene) sharing stories about #paulweller, #oceancolourscene and how copying other singers compares to Sebastian Coe running the mile....! Listen and then read all about it: One For The Road: the Life & Lyrics of Simon Fowler & Ocean Colour Scene - published next week [...]

By |2022-11-29T14:55:34+00:00November 29th, 2022|News|0 Comments


Strictly limited edition coffee table book with rare & exclusive 7” single Pre-order ONE FOR THE ROAD today at: ‘When you find that things are getting wild don’t you want books like these…’ ONE FOR THE ROAD The Life & Lyrics of Simon Fowler & Ocean Colour Scene. The new limited edition, fully illustrated [...]

By |2022-09-30T14:47:00+01:00September 30th, 2022|News|0 Comments

ONE FOR THE ROAD The Lives & Lyrics of Simon Fowler & Ocean Colour Scene

ONE FOR THE ROAD The Lives & Lyrics of Simon Fowler & Ocean Colour Scene The new limited edition, fully illustrated hardback coffee table book by Simon Fowler. Collaborating with his lifelong friend, award-winning author, Daniel Rachel, One For The Road is presented as an extended conversation featuring 69 personally hand-selected songs by Simon, including never seen before [...]

By |2022-09-01T07:54:56+01:00September 1st, 2022|News|2 Comments

Word In Your Ear with David Hepworth & Mark Ellen

Daniel Rachel hears 100 hours of Beatles audio – “it’s like the DNA in a crime scene” Daniel Rachel, old pal of the pod, has just published ‘Like Some Forgotten Dream: What If The Beatles Hadn’t Split Up?’, much of it drawn from his access to the Let It Be tapes and full of enthralling [...]

By |2021-10-29T15:07:53+01:00October 29th, 2021|News|0 Comments

Oasis: Knebworth launch w/very special guests

Two Nights That Will Live Forever Join photographer Jill Furmanovsky and author Daniel Rachel for a celebration of Oasis: Knebworth. The event will feature a 30 minute live Q&A with the photographer and author followed by a 30 minute acoustic performance from Simon Fowler and Oscar Harrison (Ocean Colour Scene) who performed at the concert. Tuesday, 24 August 2021 17:00  19:00 [...]

By |2021-08-06T14:15:53+01:00August 6th, 2021|News|0 Comments

PUBLICATION: Ranking Roger’s memoir with Daniel Rachel

I Just Can't Stop It: My Life in The Beat (B Format) ‘The heart and energy [Roger] displayed as The Beat’s perpetually in-motion, ageless MC and voice over decades is fully present in this conversational, positive and grateful memoir’ – Mojo ‘The chatty, unpretentious narrative also documents pop’s gleefully glamourous side’ – Q ‘A fitting document [...]

By |2021-06-18T15:38:46+01:00June 18th, 2021|News|0 Comments

The Selelcter Too Much Pressure Deluxe Edition

Daniel has curated and written the booklet for the re-issue of The Selelcter's debut album Too Much Pressure 40th Anniversary Edition The Deluxe Edition entered the Official UK Charts on 30 April 2021 at #1 in the Vinyl Album Chart, #1 Independent Album and #24 in the full Official UK Album Chart 3CD box set [...]

By |2021-06-03T16:21:12+01:00April 30th, 2021|News|0 Comments

Back To Britpop podcast

Daniel Rachel - Author of Don't Look Back in Ange‪r‬ Back to BritPop Listen on Apple Podcasts This week award winning author Daniel Rachel joins me too talk about his book Don't Look Back in Anger: The rise and fall of Cool Britannia told by those who were there. It's recently been re-released in paperback and extremely [...]

By |2021-04-01T09:33:26+01:00April 1st, 2021|News|0 Comments
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