Daniel Rachel




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Daniel Rachel

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Daniel Rachel is a musician turned award winning author.

He was the lead-singer in Rachels Basement and released two solo albums A Simple Twist of Folk and A Taste of Money.

Daniel is the author of Isle of Noises: Conversations with Great British Songwriters (a Guardian and NME Book of the Year) and Walls Come Tumbling Down: the music and politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge (Penderyn Music Book of the Year)

He is a regular guest contributor on BBC Radio 5 Live

Praise for Isle of Noises

‘Without doubt the finest book I've ever read about songwriters and the songs they write.’ NOEL GALLAGHER

‘I was astounded by Daniel’s knowledge and even after all these years to be asked original questions that surprise you was very impressive.
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England 's Dreaming' by Jon Savage set a bar for books on music. It's written with knowing intelligence and gets to the heart of the…more
Hi Nathan,

England 's Dreaming' by Jon Savage set a bar for books on music. It's written with knowing intelligence and gets to the heart of the subject. Similarly, Bob Dylan's 'Chronicles' was of great literacy worth and put to shame the many previous ghost written memoirs that pandered to tabloid style prose.

A great favourite is Mark Lewisohn's chronicle of the Beatles recording diary at Abbey Road. As a musician, it revealed so many techniques to use in the studio and continues to be a joy to dip in to.

Lastly, Alex Ross 'The Rest Is Noise' and particularity 'Listen To This' inspired many decisions about how to present technical detail in an accessible way for 'Isle of Noises'.

Best wishes,

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Isle of Noises: Conversatio...

4.16 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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The Art of Noise: Conversat...

3.85 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Walls Come Tumbling Down by Daniel Rachel
"I've always been a sucker for protest songs. Greenpeace, Artists Against Apartheid, Amnesty International, etc if there's an album I probably have it and likely the DVD too. So when this oral history of Rock Against Racism, Red Wedge and Artists U..." Read more of this review »
Walls Come Tumbling Down by Daniel Rachel
"Exhaustively researched absorbing account of the alternative 80s. Some of my preconceptions confirmed, eg Tom Robinson's a good guy and The Clash were sloganisers, and some revised- felt better towards Paul Weller. However, I didn't buy the Red We..." Read more of this review »
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