About Left Field‘Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
My journey as a lifelong rebel began when my father, one of the first Allied doctors into Bergen-Belsen, showed me photos of the camp --- This terrifying awakening to fascism led me to become one of the youngest members of CND and a lifetime of political activism --- After fleeing public school I became a gaucho, teacher, art agent, filmmaker, war crime witness, aid worker and playwright --- As co-founder of War Child, I helped set up a mobile bakery that fed the starving people of Mostar --- My connection with the Balkans had started with a tempestuous marriage to a Croatian, and ended with my 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 my tenure at the Centre I blew the whistle on financial misconduct in War Child, which was exposed by The Guardian and Channel 4 TV --- More recently I was Press Officer at the Stop the War Coalition in London --- I hope that Left Field will find its readers amongst those who agitated with me 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.
SIR TOM STOPPARD “David Wilson has lived a life and a half. I was proud to play a minor role in War Child, an organisation in which David was inspirational. The broken world needed people like David then; it still does and it always will.”
BRIAN ENO “This is an excellent and inspiring book. David is an adventurer and a freethinker, who, despite the best efforts of an education designed to equip him for obedient anonymity, somehow did something truly useful with his life. His stubborn and yet self-effacing commitment to his ideals carried him through many daunting situations, and his sense of humour kept him able to see the funny side.”
DAVID HENCKE, former Guardian Westminster corrrespondent, “This is the work of a determined guy who is prepared to expose fraud and injustice wherever he finds it.”
MANDLA LANGA, author of 'The Lost Colours of the Chameleon', “David Wilson is a national treasure.”
DOROTHY BYRNE, Head of Channel 4 TV News / Current Affairs, “What a life this man has led.”