Daniel Rachel has bagged the whirlwind of 2 Tone with joy, honesty and compassion to create the definitive account of one of Britain's finest youth movements
An exceptional portrait of the UK at a crucial time
'Daniel Rachel has managed to talk to all the significant players and the story he tells is one that shines a light on the challenges of mixing pop with politics. This feels like the definitive story of 2 Tone. Masterful.'
A brilliant book and a fitting account of one of British culture's most epochal moments. Nothing is left out of this definitive book
'We lived in Britain, a country that had hugely benefited from immigration, but curiously had an innate antipathy to the ideas of multiculturalism and diversity. Daniel Rachel has managed to capture the essence of that contradiction in those Margaret Thatcher governed years, with this comprehensive, cautionary but nonetheless celebratory saga of the 2 Tone label.'
In Daniel Rachel, the great untold story of the post-punk era finally gets the storyteller it deserves. Too Much Too Young is every bit as thrilling, and just as achingly evocative as the music it was written to celebrate... a scintillating read
A RESIDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023
Essential read for anyone who ever moonstomped in tonic suit, DMs and stingy-brimmed trilby
A SUNDAY TIMES MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023
#2 UNCUT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023
'An incredible and detailed account of a massive watershed moment in British culture. Rachel's book captures the daily struggles and contradictions within both the groups and the audience during harsh political times and ultimately delivers a message of positivity and the power of the music to affect social and political change'
Brilliant, insightful book
'A great book about a time when record labels meant something and a brief period of hope when it seemed as if music might actually be able to change the world. This is a book about a few exceptionally talented people who came together and created something extraordinary.'
'A brilliantly vivid account of one of British pop culture's most inspiring movements - surely the definitive telling of the 2-Tone story'