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at The Wanstead Tap

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Friday 29 November
at The Wanstead Tap

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Raymond Antrobus

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Thursday 3 October
and Friday 4 October
at The Wanstead Tap

Dusty the classic Biography

Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason
David McAlmont

Dusty in Words and Music

Friday sold out

Regional Winner

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


Tuesday 17 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Jenni Murray
A History of the World
in 21 Women

Thursday 19 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Daniel Rachel
Don’t Look Back In Anger
In conversation with Paolo Hewitt

Thursday 26 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Carl Cattermole
Prison: A Survival Guide
In conversation with Deborah Coles

Thursday 3 October and
Friday 4 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason and David McAlmont
Dusty in Words and Music

Wednesday 9 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Eleanor Crow
Shopfronts of London
In conversation with Krissie Nicolson

Thursday 10 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

An Evening with
Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Part of Redbridge Fabula Festival 2019

Thursday 7 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Suresh Singh
A Modest Living
Memoirs Of A Cockney Sikh

In conversation with Stefan Dickers

Friday 22 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

John Crace
Decline and Fail
Read in Case of Political Apocalypse

Friday 29 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Raymond Antrobus
and guests

Past events and news


Esther Rutter
This Golden Fleece
A Journey Through
Britain’s Knitted History

Book Benefit for the
homeless in Newham

Launch party for
Luan Goldie
Nightingale Point

Ronnie le Drew
Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Zippy and Me

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

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Regeneration Songs

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

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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