Wheels Out Of Gear: 2tone, The Specials And A World In Flame
Between 1979 and 1981, The Specials, Madness, The Beat and others revived Caribbean ska to enjoy a string of hit records against a backdrop of a Britain beset by unemployment, racial tension and rioting. Coming on the back of punk, 2Tone was remarkably successful, with The Specials notching up classic number-one singles “Too Much Too Young” and “Ghost Town,” the latter so
The format infuses the history of the 2 Tone Records label with the political and social atmosphere of England in the late 70's. It was culture coming off of the Punk explosion and suffering through labor difficulties galore. Music is so much more than a moment, it is a reflection of its environment, and this book perfectly joins the two.
If you are unfamiliar with the major players of late 20th century Great Bri ...more