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Wheels Out Of Gear: 2tone, The Specials And A World In Flame

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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

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Helter Skelter Publishing
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Michael Hawk
Jan 07, 2010 Michael Hawk rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SKA fans, music buffs
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What can I say? I am such a huge SKA music nerd that this book was like oxygen to me.

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
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Oct 09, 2012 Stephan Dekkerd rated it it was amazing
Killer. a rad accurate history of the time in the UK told by those in and of the front lines of a culture revolution that was/is the foundation of what is so trendy or 'POP" currently.
Might learn something!
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