Get The Beat and take part - 2 tone celebration at the Herbert - The Solihull Observer

Get The Beat and take part - 2 tone celebration at the Herbert

Solihull Editorial 6th Feb, 2021   0

THE first ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the 2 Tone music era is to be held where it all began – in the city of Coventry.

And members of the public are being asked to contribute their own memorabilia and memories to make the event even bigger and better.

2 Tone: Lives & Legacies takes place at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum from May 14 to September 12 to coincide with the UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations.

It explores the formation of the record label and examines its philosophy, political and social message, design and impact on the music charts of the day.

Central to the exhibition will be the memories, photos and videos from people who lived through the 2 Tone era.

“We are incredibly excited to celebrate the 2 Tone phenomenon through this blockbuster exhibition,” said Francis Ranford, cultural and creative director of the Herbert.

“The support we have received from band members, fans and industry experts has been incredible – however we would still like more contributions from fans.

“If you are a 2 Tone fan, please share your favourite 2 Tone memories, photos and videos with us by emailing them to [email protected] by Sunday, February 28, 2021 for a chance to feature within the exhibition.

“We would also be delighted to receive your ‘selfie-style’ video clips (portrait orientation) telling us ‘What 2 Tone means to you’.”

The 2 Tone sound originated in Coventry’s thriving music scene of the 1970s. Its name derives from the legendary 2 Tone record label founded in 1979 by Jerry Dammers of The Specials, referencing a desire to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Britain at that time.

The exhibition features the stories of the bands that were part of the label, focusing on The Specials and The Selecter — both formed in Coventry — and other ska-influenced bands such as Madness, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers.

Fashion items and memorabilia on display include the iconic 2 Tone suit, Roddy Radiation’s pork pie hat, Fred Perry polo shirt and the Harrington jacket.

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