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Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir Paperback – 14 Jul 2011
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Iconic queen of ska... It's gritty, witty and compelling. (Alex Heminsley Elle 2011-08-01)
If you're a 2-tone nut like me you can't fail to find Black by Design compelling. There are plenty of nuggets for the likes of us in our crew-cutted dotage. (Andrew Harrison Word 2011-08-01)
The perfect poster girl for the 2-Tone record label... she has stories aplenty, and her intelligence and fierce sense of right and wrong make them a fascinating... read. (Tina Jackson Metro 2011-08-03)
Fascinating (Simon Evans Choice 2011-09-01)
It's more than a musical memoir. Black paints a vivid portrait of simmering racial tension in Britain after the Second World War... This is also an intelligent and affecting account of life as a black child in a white family, feeling "like a cuckoo in somebody else's nest"... Britain's original "rude girl", she approached her job with a fearlessness and determination that carried her through a subsequent acting career... She takes few prisoners, which what you would expect from a woman who has spent a lifetime taking a sledgehammer to race and gender barriers. With Black by Design, one hopes she will get the recognition she deserves. (Fiona Sturges Independent 2011-09-01)
There's plenty of 'on the road' tales to please 2-Tone fans, but this is ultimately the story of a brave, intelligent woman's struggle to make sense of the nasty world around her. (Lois Wilson Mojo 2011-09-01)
A complex self-examination of the dichotomies of Black's life... a valuable social commentary. (Ian Abrahams Record Collector 2011-10-01)
Powerful autobiography from the front woman of influential ska band, The SelecterSee all Product description
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I have to say that I was 30 years old when the 2-Tone groups came onto the scene in 1980 with their own brand of fast paced Ska. Like all the 2-Tone bands Pauline Black's band `The Selector' was embraced by a large section of British youth at that time. Because of my age I did not really connect with the energy of the music. In view of this I found myself skipping large sections of the book. However, I do acknowledge that `The Selector's music was coming from a real place. I also felt that at a time when the far right was having a resurgence in Britain, the 2-Tone groups were not only a breath of fresh air but were also a counter-balance to the influence of the far right. This is a book written by an intelligent insightful woman that with hard work has managed to live her life on her own terms. However, in my view, the book's appeal is limited to those who have an interest in the 2-Tone groups, or people that are interested in the history of transracial adoption.
After reading this bio' I'm keen to see if she has anything else to say! What a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful read!
If you want to know about the beginnings of a top 2-tone band and what happened in their early days then get this book.
To be honest it has more to it than just that. You also have what made Pauline write those lyrics, how she became an actress and also how she came to find out about her previously hidden adoptive background.
Insightful and enjoyable, this book is well worth buying.
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