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Left Field : The memoir of a lifelong activist

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David Wilson has been a gaucho, a teacher, an artist's agent, a documentary filmmaker and playwright, but above all, he has been a lifelong political activist. In the 60s he marched to Aldermaston. In the 70s he protested against the Vietnam War and apartheid. In the 80s, with the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Front, he delivered food to striking miners. More recently, he has been active in the anti-war movement. As the co-founder of War Child, he was instrumental in bringing a mobile bakery into war-torn Bosnia. In 1995 the charity gained prominence with the release of the Help album. Contributors included David Bowie, Brian Eno, Paul McCartney and Sinead O'Connor. Help captured the world's attention and brought the healing power of music to young people whose lives had been devastated by war. Left Field is an engaging and humorous memoir which will inspire not only Wilson's generation, but also today's young people who are campaigning for a better, fairer world.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 159 x 236 x 33mm | 680g
  • Cornerstone
  • Unbound
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783522267
  • 9781783522262
  • 1,375,201

About David Wilson

David Wilson co-founded the charity War Child, which brought attention to the war-stricken Balkans through its 1995 album Help featuring Brian Eno, Oasis, Radiohead, Portishead, Sinead O'Connor, Massive Attack, Blur, Suede, Stone Roses, Orbital, Manic Street Preachers and PJ Harvey. In 2000, David worked with the Guardian to expose corruption in War Child, the very charity he had helped create. During the Bosnian war he started a mobile bakery, organised medical deliveries throughout the country and facilitated music workshops with children in Sarajevo and Mostar. With Pavarotti's support, he constructed the Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar and served as its first director. David has lived many lives - gaucho, sailor, teacher, art agent, filmmaker, war crime witness, aid worker, playwright - but he has brought to them all his lifelong spirit of political activism.show more

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"David Wilson has lived a life and a half. I was proud to play a minor role in War Child, an organisation in which David was inspirational. The broken world needed people like David then; it still does and it always will." -- Sir Tom Stoppard "David Wilson is an adventurer and a free-thinker who ... did something truly useful with his life. His stubborn and yet self-effacing commitment to his ideals carried him through many daunting situations, and his sense of humour kept him able to see the funny side." -- Brian Enoshow more

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"David Wilson is an adventurer and a free-thinker who ... did something truly useful with his life. His stubborn and yet self-effacing commitment to his ideals carried him through many daunting situations, and his sense of humour kept him able to see the funny side."show more

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