24th May, 2022

New children's book tells the story behind Coventry's 2-Tone revolution

THE STORY of 2-Tone Records – the label behind The Specials and The Selecter – has been told in a new children’s book by a Coventry author.

‘A 2 Tone Tale’ is the latest in the series by Etch and Pin owner Aaron Ashmore.

He said: “Coventry is known worldwide for producing many different icons from Lady Godiva to Sir Frank Whittle, however the 2-Tone record label firmly put the city on the cultural map and inspired many ska bands around the world.

“I hope this book helps to continue the 2-Tone legacy and bring along a younger generation who may not know about the incredible music which originated from the city.”

Aaron’s creation follows ‘Lady Godiva’s Birthday Suit’ – the story of Lady Godiva’s iconic ride through the city and ‘Coventry; The Phoenix City’ which tells the story of the Coventry Blitz plus ‘Meet the Coventry Kids’; a look at the lives of 12 Coventry individuals.

Aaron worked with illustrator Alex Bagaian whose hand-drawn imagery has brought the Coventry music legends to life.

As with the previous books, Etch and Pin is supporting a local cause and £1 from every one will go to The Coventry Music Museum.

Pete Chambers BEM, Coventry Music Museum curator, said: “Aaron has a unique talent of creating fascinating yet very relatable books for the younger generation – this latest book has long been needed to pass on the knowledge of this global phenomenon that began in Coventry.”

He added Coventry’s ska revolution was perfectly told in the book and he was very proud to see the Coventry Music Museum featured in it.

Visit etchandpin.co.uk/2ToneBook to buy ‘A 2 Tone Tale’

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