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Walls Come Tumbling Down

Walls Come Tumbling Down

Billy Bragg in conversation with author Daniel Rachel

3 September 2016

3 September 2016, Walls Come Tumbling Down - Billy Bragg in conversation with author, Daniel Rachel @ People's History Museum. Image © Red Wedge

Time 18:15 - 21:00

Duration 2 hours 45 minutes

Cost Film screening and in conversation: £17.50 + booking fee (includes a glass of wine) / in conversation: £10 + booking fee

6.15pm – 9.00pm (in conversation 7.30pm – 9.00pm)

Red Wedge brochureThe period from 1976 to 1992 was the last time cultural engagement would play a defining role in British politics.  To celebrate the book launch of Walls Come Tumbling Down, join PHM Radical Billy Bragg in conversation with author, Daniel Rachel who will be discussing the tumultuous events of this 16 year period including an audience Q&A, a rare screening of the Red Wedge film Days like These and the Private View of the exhibition This Is Hull. Rock Against Racism Posters: 1979-1982.

BRock Against Racism magazine Temporary Hoardingilly Bragg’s first political awakening was the great Rock Against Racism Carnival in London in 1978.  Witnessing the energy of The Clash and the gender politics of the Tom Robinson Band led Bragg to embark on a solo career armed with a Fender Telecaster and a desire to seduce girls.  As a new decade turned, and with Thatcherism taking hold of the nation, artists of the left galvanised behind the resurgent CND and in opposition to the Falklands’ crisis and the Miners’ Strike, offering socialism as a compassionate alternative to savage cuts, high youth unemployment, and government class war.  Alongside Paul Weller, Bragg was the driving force behind Red Wedge, a loose collective of artists declaring themselves ‘for but not of the Labour Party’.Daniel Rachel

Musician-turned-author, Daniel Rachel (Isle of Noises: Conversations with Great British Songwriters) witnessed the first Red Wedge tour in Birmingham in 1986.  Raised in a staunch Conservative household, the alternative music and politics of the late 1970s and 1980s had a profound effect on his ideological thinking.  Interviewing over 100 people, Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the battle for the musical and political terrain of Great Britain: when youth culture demanded a voice; when counterculture became national news; when politicians campaigned alongside contemporary pop stars; and when the political persuasion of musicians was as important as the songs they sang.

The 16 year period between 1976 and 1992 was characterised by badge-wearing, flag-waving, rioting, marching and partisan alliances.  Political activism brought a young electorate to an understanding of the ideological struggle; it brought them to protesting on the streets, to free festivals, to concert halls, to rallies, to comedy gigs across the country, and finally it brought those ideas to parliament.

The revolutionary spirit was that of People Unity: Governments crack and systems fall… lights go out – walls come tumbling down!

Suitable for adults and young people

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