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Friday 8 February at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia

Brexit and the
End of Empire

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Wednesday 19 October
at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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Walls Come Tumbling Down
Walls Come Tumbling Down
is published in hardback by
Picador at £25.
Daniel Rachel

Daniel Rachel
Walls Come Tumbling Down

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

Daniel Rachel will be in conversation with Mykaell Riley

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.

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. is His first book was Isle of Noises: Conversations with great British songwriters, published in 2014.

Mykaell Riley is Head of Music Production and Director of the Centre For Black Music Research UK at the University of Westminster. He began his career as a performer with pioneering Reggae outfit Steel Pulse before moving on to found the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a professional writer, producer and arranger for over fifteen years, producing music for TV and film and over thirty albums, and has worked for artists such as Soul II Soul, Courtney Pine, Baba Maal and many others.

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Tickets £5 from Newham Bookshop or The Wanstead Tap.

Listen to Daniel Rachel’s Walls Come Tumbling Down playlist on Spotify.


Photograph of Daniel Rachel by Lawrence Impey

Forthcoming events


Friday 8 February at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Friday 22 February at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Watch this space for 2019 events!


Past events and news


Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
with Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
in conversation with Duncan Barrett

James Bloodworth
Hired
Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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