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Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir Paperback – 14 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (14 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184668790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687907
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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Powerful autobiography from the front woman of influential ska band, The Selecter

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