A celebration of Ranking Roger and the music of The Beat

Hosted by Rhoda Dakar (Bodysnatchers/The Specials) with special guests Ranking Junior + Daniel Rachel (author)

Wednesday, 26th June 2019

Rough Trade West

Doors 5:30pm
On-stage 6:00pm
Signing after show

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Join us at Rough Trade West for a VERY special evening celebration of Ranking Roger and the music of The Beat, with special guests Ranking Junior and Daniel Rachel (author), hosted by Rhoda Dakar (Bodysnatchers/The Specials).

The evening coincides with the publication of Ranking Roger’s memoir, I Just Can’t Stop It: My Life in The Beat.


This event is FREE ENTRY, with the option to pre-order a 'BOOK / TICKET' OR DELUXE BOOK/ TICKET which guarantee's your place and your 'I Just Can't Stop It: My Life in the Beat' book, which will be ready and waiting to collect on the day of this in-store.


5.30pm | Book/ Ticket collection / Doors / Daniel Rachel spins 7"s

6.00pm | Daniel Rachel + Ranking Junior in-conversation with Rhoda Dakar

6.45pm | Book signing

7.15pm | Finish / Store closed


About Ranking Roger’s Memoir

I Just Can't Stop It is the honest and compelling autobiography from British music legend Ranking Roger. As the enigmatic frontman of the multicultural band The Beat, Ranking Roger represented the youthful and joyous sound of the post-punk 2 Tone movement. As well as his illustrious career with The Beat and General Public, this absorbing book explores Roger's upbringing as a child of the Windrush generation, touring America and his outstanding collaborations with artists such as The Clash, The Police and The Specials.

Daniel Rachel

Musician turned award-winning author Daniel Rachel wrote his first song when he was sixteen and was the lead-singer in Rachels Basement. His books include contributions from a fascinatingly diverse group of people, including Noel Gallagher, Tony Blair, Tracey Emin, Jimmy Page, Bryan Ferry, Laura Marling, Sir John Major, Steve Coogan, Irvine Welsh, Joan Armatrading, Jerry Dammers, Annie Lennox, Damon Albarn and many, many more...

Ranking Junior

Matthew Murphy, aka Ranking Junior, is the son of Ranking Roger and an MC who has performed in a revised line-up of The Beat.

Rhoda Dakar

Rhoda Dakar is a British singer and musician, much loved as the lead singer of the great 2 Tone band The Bodysnatchers and performer with The Specials.