Walls Come Tumbling Down

Walls Come Tumbling Down : The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge

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Winner of the Penderyn Music Book Prize, 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 46mm | 866g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1447272684
  • 9781447272687
  • 307,814

Table of contents

Section - i: List of IllustrationsIntroduction - ii: Poison In The MachineSection - iii: Biographical NotesUnit - BOOK ONE:: ROCK AGAINST RACISMChapter - 1: WHO SHOT THE SHERIFF?Section - *: MAKE WAY FOR THE HOMO SUPERIOR: Eric Clapton. Black Britain. David BowieSection - *: WHATCHA GONNA DO ABOUT IT?: Princess Alice. Sex Pistols. PunkSection - *: BEAT THE WHITES WITH THE RED WEDGE: Socialist Workers Party. Temporary Hoarding. RoundhouseSection - *: BEAT THE WHITES WITH THE RED WEDGE: Socialist Workers Party. Temporary Hoarding. RoundhouseSection - *: NAZIS ARE NO FUN: Royal College of Art. Hackney Town Hall. Sham 69Chapter - 2: INGLAN IS A BITCHSection - *: PUNKY REGGAE PARTY: Aswad. Steel Pulse. Clash. Bob MarleySection - *: WAR AMONGST THE REBELS: Linton Kwesi Johnson. Dennis Bovell. RastafariSection - *: NOTHING TO BE GUILTY OF: Rock Against Sexism. Slits. Mo-dettes. Poly Styrene. Poison Girls. Au PairsSection - *: DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASCISM: National Front. LewishamSection - *: ONE DOWN, A MILLION TO GO: Anti-Nazi LeagueChapter - 3: OH BONDAGE! UP YOURS!Section - *: THIS AIN'T NO FUCKING WOODSTOCK: Carnival Against the NazisSection - *: POWER IN THE DARKNESS: Tom Robinson Band. Stiff Little FingersSection - *: CARRYING PICTURES OF CHAIRMAN MAO: Northern CarnivalSection - *: KNOCK HARD. LIFE IS DEAF: Carnival 2. Militant Entertainment tourSection - *: REGGAE FI PEACH: Southall Kids Are Innocent BenefitSection - *: RENOUNCE ALL SIN AND VICE: Leeds. BirminghamSection - *: RINSE OUT THE BLUE SCUM: RAR's Greatest Hits. Northern Carnival Against Racism. LegacyUnit - BOOK TWO: 2 TONESection - *: BLACK SKIN BLUE EYED BOYS: Bluebeat. Skinhead. CoventrySection - *: THE KINGSTON AFFAIR: Specials out on parole. Gangsters vs the SelecterSection - *: NOBODY IS SPECIAL: First 2 Tone tour. MadnessSection - *: STAND DOWN MARGARET: The Beat. UB40Section - *: CALLING RUDE GIRLS: BodysnatchersSection - *: DOESN'T MAKE IT ALRIGHT: SpecialsSection - *: CELEBRATE THE BULLET: Politics. Class. Seaside tourSection - *: ALL WI DOIN IS DEFENDIN: Linton Kwesi Johnson. 1981 riots. 2 Tone legacyUnit - BOOK THREE: RED WEDGEChapter - 1: SHOUT TO THE TOPSection - *: LIFE IN THE EUROPEAN THEATRE: Thatcherism. CND. Paul WellerSection - *: PERVERTS SUPPORT THE PITS!: Billy Bragg. Miner's StrikeSection - *: THE MILKMAN OF HUMAN KINDNESS: Live Aid. GLC. Jobs For Youth. Solid BondSection - *: DON'T GET MAD. GET ORGANIZED: Red WedgeChapter - 2: NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL SOCIALISM!Section - *: IT'S THE PARTY I LOVE: Launch. First tourSection - *: NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL SOCIALISM, VOLUME 3: Day EventsSection - *: IT'S JUST A RUMOUR THAT WAS SPREAD AROUND TOWN: Militant Tendency. NewcastleSection - *: AIN'T NO STOPPIN' US NOW: Women's tour. Well Red. Gay Rights. Black Sections.Section - *: THE OSCAR WILDE SCHOOL OF SOCIALISM: Italy. Redskins. Move On Up tour. 1987 electionSection - *: WAITING FOR THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD: Labour listens. 1987-90. LegacyChapter - 3: FREE NELSON MANDELASection - *: HATS OFF TO JERRY DAMMERS!: Artists Against Apartheid. 1992. Political popSection - iv: TimelineSection - v: ReferencesSection - vi: Publishing CreditsIndex - vii: Index
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A triumphant oral history of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge ... a tale of resistance: first, against a surge of racism and bigotry that an inspired group of activists and musicians played a key role in rolling back; and then against a government, as the same spirit of defiance quickly resurfaced in opposition to the social revolutions of Thatcherism ... a vivid portrait Guardian Charts punk, 2 Tone and then Red Wedge's subsequent battle for a multicultural Britain in a brilliant account of the period Q Magazine By the Eighties rock had grown a conscience, and Walls Come Tumbling Down, charts how, in the late Seventies and Eighties, musicians became engaged in struggled surrounding race, gender, sexuality and class Choice 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 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
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About Daniel Rachel

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.
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