From the Inside Flap
His mother's piano playing was the soundtrack of Tony Garnett's childhood in working-class Birmingham where, despite the bombs of the Second World War, he felt loved and safe. The day of his mother's death, when he was five years old, was the day the music died for Garnett and he buried himself in books to avoid the black cloud of his grief.
As an angry young man, Garnett fell in love, moved to London and threw himself into a career as an actor. He soon realised that his true passion lay behind the camera and, out of the debris of his childhood, he rebuilt a life in films, pursuing the truth about the world in order to avoid the truth about himself.
Against a backdrop of the 1960s counterculture scene, Garnett shares the inside story of his most ground-breaking productions, including Cathy Come Home, Kes and This Life. He gives accounts of angry clashes with the BBC and movie executives as he battled to make films that were thought too controversial - films about police corruption and psychiatrists' cruelty, films advocating abortion law reform and the abolition of the death penalty, films about the homeless and the waste of young people in poor schools.
Tony Garnett has spent his life telling other people's stories. Now, for the first time, he will tell his own. Honest, moving and passionate, The Day the Music Died is a life dedicated to the truth.