Walls Come Tumbling Down

The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge

4.33 based on 7 ratings & 1 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 18.05.2017
ISBN: 9781447272694
Number of pages: 592

Synopsis

Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain's musical history; musicians and their fans suddenly became instigators of social change, and 'the political persuasion of musicians was as important as the songs they sang'. Through the voices of campaigners, musicians, artists and politicians, Daniel Rachel follows the rise and fall of three key movements of the time: Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, and Red Wedge, revealing how they all shaped, and were shaped by, the music of a generation.

Composed of interviews with over 150 of the key players at the time, Walls Come Tumbling Down is a fascinating, polyphonic and authoritative account of those crucial sixteen years in Britain's history.

In the media

It's a testament both to the topic and to Daniel Rachel's organisation of the material that even at 640 pages Walls Come Tumbling Down feels like the opening volume of a much longer history. This majestic work at once confirms and opens up a familiar but often forgotten series of moments in the relationship between music and politics in the UK . . . as always, the delight is in the details, and, finally, the glory of something so amateurish yet passion-driven coming together to change hearts and minds
Wire
Charts punk, 2 Tone and then Red Wedge's subsequent battle for a multicultural Britain in a brilliant account of the period
Q Magazine
This incredible oral history tells the movement's story plus the rise of 2 Tone and Red Wedge, through a phenomenal range of voices - Billy Bragg, Jerry Dammers, Rhoda Dakar, Pauline Black et all all provide great insight
Mojo

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Daniel Rachel at Aye Write Festival

Daniel Rachel at Aye Write Festival

  • Mitchell Library
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    Mitchell Library North St Glasgow, G3 7DN UNITED KINGDOM
  • 17 March 2017 18:00
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Daniel Rachel & Dave Randal – Mixing Pop and Politics " " " "These books both explore how musicians have tried to change the world with the political power of music. " " " "Musicians have often...

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Daniel Rachel at Oxford Literary Festival

Daniel Rachel at Oxford Literary Festival

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  • 26 March 2017 16:00
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Msician-turned-author Daniel Rachel discusses his book about the coming together of pop music and politics in the 1970s and 1980s with the Labour politician Clare Short. The event will feature a u...

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  • 22 May 2017 19:00
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