Sunday 24 April 2016

Left Field

Destruction, death, hatred and war, but also hope, life, love and peace. A true story that takes you into a world of anti-war marchers and war criminals, celebrity musicians and shady art dealers. It moves from galloping horses in Argentina to ethnic cleansers in Bosnia. Music is never far away – Muddy Waters mojo to The Rolling Stones street fighting man. A major theme - music as healer. You will meet Pavarotti and Clapton, Brian Eno, Bono and Bowie. Published by Unbound and to be distributed by Penguin. For an advanced copy of "Left Field' click here

London Launch of 'Left Field' - 5 May @ Waterstones, central London. (by invitation)
Mostar launch - 18 June @ Pavarotti Music Centre, Mostar, BiH

David Wilson's journey as a lifelong rebel began when his father, one of the first Allied doctors into Bergen-Belsen, showed him photos of the camp --- This terrifying awakening to fascism led him to become one of the youngest members of CND and a lifetime of political activism --- After fleeing public school he became a gaucho, teacher, art agent, filmmaker, war crime witness, aid worker and playwright --- As co-founder of War Child, he helped set up a mobile bakery that fed the starving people of Mostar --- His connection with the Balkans had started with a tempestuous marriage to a Croatian, and ended with his becoming first director of the Pavarotti Music Centre in Bosnia, helping those traumatised by war through its music therapy programmes --- Patrons included Pavarotti, David Bowie, Brian Eno and Tom Stoppard --- During his tenure at the Centre he blew the whistle on financial misconduct in the charity which was exposed by The Guardian and Channel 4 TV --- More recently he has been Press Officer at the Stop the War Coalition in London --- Left Field will find its readers amongst those who agitated with him in the 60s. It will also be important to today's generation of hopeful young people who are organising for a better and fairer world.

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