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at The Wanstead Tap

The Festival of Brexit

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit

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Wednesday 8 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Man Who Couldn't Stop

David Adam
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
and The Genius Within

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Thursday 20 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Sound System
Sound System is published in
paperback by Pluto Press at £12.99.

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Dave Randall

Dave Randall
Sound System

The Political Power of Music

John Pandit
Dave Randall will be in conversation with John Pandit, left, founder member of the Asian Dub Foundation

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has the power to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions, or prop up the status quo.

Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force of social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history.

This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Dave Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?

Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He was the former guitarist in Faithless and has toured the world playing guitar with Dido, Sinead O’Connor and many others.

“Fascinating… A deeply intelligent look at music and society and in particular pop’s tempestuous relationship with commerce. Thought provoking, readable and clever stuff.” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music.

“What an imaginative idea, what a terrific, exciting book, weaving together the strands of music, politics and worldwide struggles.” – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Forthcoming events


Wednesday 17 April at 7 pm
at Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

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

Tuesday 23 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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

Wednesday 24 April at 7.45 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

Monday 29 April at 7 pm
at Stratford Circus

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

Wednesday 8 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Adam
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
and The Genius Within

Friday 10 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Wednesday 29 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Past events and news


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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