Daniel Rachel at Oxford Literary Festival

  • St John's Auditorium, St John's Auditorium, St John's College, Oxford, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP
    St John's Auditorium
    St John's Auditorium St John's College, Oxford St Giles Oxford, OX1 3JP UNITED KINGDOM
  • 26/03/2017 16:00 - 26/03/2017 17:00


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 unique soundtrack of the period, compiled by Rachel, and a presentation of more than a hundred images of related ephemera including archive film footage. Walls Come Tumbling Down charts a period between 1976 and 1992 that saw a youth generation challenge racism, gender inequality and social and class divisions as never before. Rachel spoke to more than 100 campaigners, musicians, artists and politicians, including Short, to follow the rise and fall of three movements in particular - Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge. Rachel had a career as a singer/songwriter including as lead singer in Rachel's Basement and with his solo albums, A Simple Twist Of Folk and A Taste Of Money. His first book, Isle of Noises (A Guardian and NME book of the year), is a series of in-depth conversations about songwriting with some of the UK's greatest living musicians of the past 50 years. Rachel has also written for the Kinks, Ray Davies and Bryan Ferry and is a regular guest contributor on BBC Radio 5.