For Christmas, Buy My Books on the UK Counter-Culture and Guantánamo and My Music with The Four Fathers

15.12.15

Andy Worthington's band The Four Fathers play Brockley Christmas Market on December 12, 2015 (Photo: Ruth Gilburt).If anyone out there hasn’t yet completed their Christmas shopping and would like to buy any of my work, I’m delighted to let you know that all three of my books — about Guantánamo and the UK counter-culture — are still available, as is the album “Love and War,” recorded with my band The Four Fathers and released just a few months ago.

From me you can buy my first two books, Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield.

Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion is a social history of Stonehenge, interweaving the stories of the outsiders drawn to Stonehenge, primarily over the last hundred years — Druids, other pagans, revellers, festival-goers, anarchists, new travellers and environmental activists — with the monument’s archeological history, and also featuring nearly 150 photos. If you’re buying this from me from anywhere other than the UK, please see this page.  You can also buy it from Amazon in the US.

The Battle of the Beanfield focuses on the events of June 1, 1985, when a convoy of travellers driving to Stonehenge to establish what would have been the 12th annual free festival were ambushed, assaulted and arrested with unprecedented brutality by a quasi-military police force of over 1,300 officers drawn from six counties and the MoD, in what has become known as the Battle of the Beanfield. The book features extracts from the police radio log and in-depth interviews with a range of people who were there on the day, as well as over 100 photos. Again, if you’re buying this from me from anywhere other than the UK, please see this page.

I also have a few copies of my third book, The Guantánamo Files — the book that launched my current career as an expert on Guantánamo, and a campaigner for the closure of the prison — but only rather expensive hardback copies. I sold all my paperbacks, but a few copies are still available via Amazon — in the UK and in the US. Amazon also has the book on Kindle. If you want one of the few hardback copies left, and are ordering from outside the UK, please see this page.

You can also buy “Love and War,” the album I recorded with my band The Four Fathers, who play a mix of rock and roots reggae, and are not afraid of political engagement. The album is available on Bandcamp, where you can either buy it as an 8-track download, or buy individual tracks to download, or you can buy it as CD with two bonus tracks. The album primarily features original songs I have written, including “Song for Shaker Aamer,” which was used in the campaign video for the We Stand With Shaker campaign I established last November with an activist friend, Joanne MacInnes, “81 Million Dollars,” about the US torture program, and two denunciations of the cynical “age of austerity” imposed after the banker-led global economic crash of 2008, “Tory Bullshit Blues” and the roots rocking anthem “Fighting Injustice,” which is a live favourite. The bonus tracks on the CD are covers of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War,” and a groovy, folky take on “I Will Survive.”

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose debut album, ‘Love and War,’ is available for download or on CD via Bandcamp — also see here). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign, the co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison (finally freed on October 30, 2015), and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by the University of Chicago Press in the US, and available from Amazon, including a Kindle edition — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).

To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to Andy’s RSS feed — and he can also be found on Facebook (and here), Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. Also see the six-part definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, and The Complete Guantánamo Files, an ongoing, 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011. Also see the definitive Guantánamo habeas list, the full military commissions list, and the chronological list of all Andy’s articles.

Please also consider joining the Close Guantánamo campaign, and, if you appreciate Andy’s work, feel free to make a donation.

5 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    So here’s an unashamed merchandising plug! If you want my ‪Guantanamo‬ book, either (or both) of my books about Stonehenge and the counter-culture, and/or my band The Four Fathers’ debut album “Love and War,” on CD or as a download, then this, my latest article, has everything you need to know. Happy shopping!

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks to Ruth Gilburt for the photo. If you’re in London on Friday (Dec. 18), we’re playing at the Deptford Cinema, after I’ve done a talk and Q&A about Guantanamo and Shaker Aamer. Hope to see some of you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/1088018787889026/

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Ruth Gilburt wrote:

    Glad you like the pic, Andy – always great to see you and the band xx

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks again, Ruth. Lovely to see you singing along to the chorus of “Fighting Injustice”: https://thefourfathers.bandcamp.com/track/fighting-injustice

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    And here’s another photo from The Four Fathers gig on Saturday. Thanks, Dot! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1023331057729184&set=pcb.1023331607729129&type=3&theater

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Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer.
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