This looks an interesting and weighty read – Walls Come Tumbling Down by Daniel Rachel (Picador).
According to the pre-launch write-up, 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. A time when ‘the political persuasion of musicians was as important as the songs they sang’.
Over 640 pages and through the campaigners, musicians, artists and politicians, Daniel Rachel looks at the rise and fall of three key movements of the time – Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, and Red Wedge, revealing how they were all shaped by the music of a generation.
The book is composed of interviews with over 150 of the key players at the time, the end result described as a ‘fascinating, polyphonic and authoritative account of those crucial sixteen years in Britain’s history’.
If you need something to keep your going for a few weeks, the book is published in September in hardback, but available to pre-order now, for £25. A Kindle version will be available too.