Daniel Rachel

Daniel Rachel

Daniel Rachel wrote his first song when he was sixteen and was the lead-singer in Rachels Basement. He was first eligible to vote in the 1992 General Election and now lives in north London with his partner and three children. Daniel is the author of Isle of Noises: Conversations with Great British Songwriters – a Guardian and NME Book of the Year– also published by Picador, and a regular guest contributor on BBC Radio 5.

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Walls Come Tumbling Down - the music of resistance

Walls Come Tumbling Down - the music of resistance

Daniel Rachel, selects the songs central to four movements at the heart of his award-winning book Walls Come Tumbling Down; Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, Red Wedge and Artists Against Apartheid.

Beautiful and unique book covers

Beautiful and unique book covers

Brilliantly original cover designs, typography and finishes can all help to make a book jump out at you, and so we’ve compiled a small selection of some of our favourite and most unique covers from the past few months.

Essential reads for Autumn 2016

Essential reads for Autumn 2016

Our pick of the best new books coming out this Autumn, because longer, darker nights are the perfect excuse for more cosy evenings in with a good book. 

Daniel Rachel on Walls Come Tumbling Down

Daniel Rachel on Walls Come Tumbling Down

We speak to Daniel Rachel about the why he wanted to write about the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together as never before to challenge racism, gender inequality and social and class divisions. 

Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 11-29 August this year, and as always the line-up is packed with brilliant events featuring some of the finest authors, illustrators, poets and artists at work today. Here's our pick of Picador authors appearing in Edinburgh this year…

Writing the book that didn't exist: conversations with great British songwriters

Writing the book that didn't exist: conversations with great British songwriters

Fifteen years ago while in a bookshop on the Charing Cross Road it suddenly occurred to me that I wanted to read about the writing habits of the country's great songwriters. It was a book which did not exist. I clinically guillotined a lifetime of musicianship, shut away my Fender Telecaster, and set out to write the book I most wanted to read. This is a snapshot of what I learnt while writing Isle of Noises.

Sticking cassettes through Morrissey's letterbox

Sticking cassettes through Morrissey's letterbox

Daniel Rachel on interviewing Johnny Marr about working with Morrissey, and Noel Gallagher about a left-handed piano, for his book Isle of Noises: Conversations with great British songwriters.