26th May, 2022

Coventry micropub shows its love of 2-Tone with former mayor's portraits exhibition

A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition of Coventry 2-Tone artists’ portraits is on display at the recently opened city centre Hops d’Amour micropub in Corporation Street.

The 14 pictures are from the collection taken by former Coventry Lord Mayor Alderman Tony Skipper.

2-Tone originated in Coventry’s thriving music scene of the 1970s and the 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 highlights the bands which were part of the label, focussing on The Specials and Selecter.

Tony said: “I’ve been taking photographs of 2-Tone activities for quite a while in Coventry.

“I was quite impressed when I saw Hops d’Amour open and wanted to help them get established.

“The exhibition is in recognition of the 2 Tone legacy in Coventry – and it is a legacy that other cities are jealous of.”

The photographs will be displayed indefinitely in the micropub.


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