Daniel Rachel was born in Solihull in the summer before The Beatles announced their break-up. He wrote his first song when he was sixteen and was the lead-singer in Rachels Basement, which he formed in his early twenties. In 2001, he released his debut solo album, A Simple Twist Of Folk, on Dust Records, followed in 2006 by A Taste Of Money. Daniel is a specialist in Forum Theatre direction and lives in north London with his partner and three children. Isle of Noises is his first book. "
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Daniel Rachel, selects the songs central to four movements at the heart of his award-winning book Walls Come Tumbling Down; Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, Red Wedge and Artists Against Apartheid.
Brilliantly original cover designs, typography and finishes can all help to make a book jump out at you, and so we’ve compiled a small selection of some of our favourite and most unique covers from the past few months.
We speak to Daniel Rachel about the why he wanted to write about the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together as never before to challenge racism, gender inequality and social and class divisions.
Daniel Rachel chooses the soundtrack to Walls Come Tumbling Down, his oral history of 'Rock Against Racism', '2 Tone', and 'Red Wedge'.
Fifteen years ago while in a bookshop on the Charing Cross Road it suddenly occurred to me that I wanted to read about the writing habits of the country's great songwriters. It was a book which did not exist. I clinically guillotined a lifetime of musicianship, shut away my Fender Telecaster,...
Daniel Rachel on interviewing Johnny Marr about working with Morrissey, and Noel Gallagher about a left-handed piano, for his book Isle of Noises: Conversations with great British songwriters.