Lee Morris - 2 Tone - Before, During & After BOOK
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In 1979, 2 Tone Records was founded by Jerry Dammers, the founder and keyboard player in The Special AKA. He had a vision and wanted to create the British version of Motown, the similarities with his hometown of Coventry were already there. He’d already put his own band of black and white musicians together and they hit the charts with the release of Gangsters in 1979. 2 Tone then went on to sign and release records by other bands, Madness, The Selecter and The Beat, all of whom fused punk, ska and reggae and dragged it into the present.
The record label had no fewer than 15 Top 40 singles and they
continued the trend, signing The Swinging Cats, Rico and even
released a single by Elvis Costello & The Attractions, or did
they?As time moved on, the label branched out to accommodate the
funk era and signed a number of non-ska bands with The Higsons, The
Apollinaires, The Friday Club and JB’s Allstars all releasing
singles on the label in the 1980s. However, 2 Tone’s light had
faded and by 1986 it had been closed down permanently. The story of
these particular bands has never been covered in great detail in
print before, until now! 2 Tone: Before, During & After tells
the story, before, during & after of each band that appeared on
the label and also updates the story on each member with a full
Where Are They Now? section, covering every single musician that
ever appeared on the label.
Format: Half size
Year of publication: 2020
Number of pages: 204