In August 1976, Eric Clapton made an inflammatory speech in support of Enoch Powell, sparking an anti-racism campaign that would soon radicalize an entire generation to challenge racism, gender inequality and social and class divisions. The next sixteen years saw politics and pop music come together as never before. Through the voices of campaigners, musicians, artists and politicians, Daniel Rachel charts this extraordinary and pivotal period, following the rise and fall of three key movements: Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, and Red Wedge, revealing how they both shaped, and were shaped by, the music of a generation.
Featuring exclusive in-depth conversations with over one hundred contributors, Walls Come Tumbling Down is a fascinating, polyphonic and authoritative account, fully illustrated with many rare or previously unpublished images from some of the greatest music photographers.
'The delight is in the details, and, finally, the glory of something so tenuous and daring, of something so amateurish yet passion-driven coming together to change hearts and minds' Wire