The book is in the shops today, a bit earlier than expected. You can get it from Amazon or Waterstones or support your local book shop. Mine just closed down.

I also have a few promo bits coming up that may be of interest. First the live events:

Jewish Book Week, Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AP, Sunday February 27, 3.30pm, tickets available here
Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ, Tuesday March 1, 6.30pm, tickets £3 (redeemable against purchase of the book) from 020 7636 1577 or
<strong>Aye Write! literary festival, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN, Wednesday March 9, 6pm, tickets available here

And on TV and radio:

BBC Four News – BBC Four, Wednesday February 23, 7pm
Night Waves – Radio 3, Wednesday February 23, 9.15pm
Nemone – 6Music, Monday February 28, 3pm

Front Row, Radio 4, Tuesday March 1, 7.15pm
Robert Elms – BBC London, Wednesday March 2, 1pm

Up All Night – BBC 5 Live, Sunday March 13, 1-5am

And for those who can access Spotify, here are two playlists.

This one features 50 key songs in the book – the 33 chapter titles with a handful of additions, substitutions and omissions. The relevant songs by Bob Dylan (covered here by Odetta instead), Victor Jara, Crass, Huggy Bear and Radiohead are not available on Spotify.

This one features most of the songs mentioned in this blog and will be updated regularly.


  1. As a history teacher always looking to liven up lessons, I am thoroughly enjoying the book (and the music) and passing on new insights on 20th Century US culture to my students. CSNY’s “Ohio” went down well in class. I have set up a playlist on Youtube with the 33 songs in it:

    • Hi Philip. That’s great news. I hoped that some history teachers would pick up on the book. It’s the kind of book I would have loved when I was 17.

  2. I’m about halfway through your excellent book and I noticed that you had a list at the back of 100 songs not mentioned in the book so I put together a Spotify playlist of them – 14 tracks not available.

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