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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Visit 2 Tone Exhibition

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today enjoyed a preview of a major exhibition dedicated to the 2 Tone music sensation at a Coventry museum

(Image: Garry Jones)

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today visited 2 Tone: Lives & Legacies at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum to mark the beginning of Coventry being UK City of Culture 2021.

As part of their visit to the city the royal couple explored the first ever major exhibition in the UK devoted solely to the 2 Tone music sensation and given a tour of the show by Curator, Martin Roberts and member of The Selecter, Pauline Black.

During their visit the couple were shown a collection of items loaned by Jerry Dammers, founder of the 2 Tone label and The Specials, photographs documenting the performances of 2 Tone bands and items relating to the Free Nelson Mandela single / Artists Against Apartheid.

(Image: Garry Jones)

Pauline spoke with the royal couple about the remarkable loyalty of 2 Tone fans, particularly those from Coventry and how the movement embraced the idea of multiculturalism over 40 years ago.

2 Tone: Lives and Legacies explores the formation of the 2 Tone record label and examines its philosophy, political and social message, design and impact on the music charts of the day. The show focuses on bands such as The Specials, The Selecter, Madness, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers, as well as looking at 2 Tone’s continuing influence on music, fashion, politics, and culture – culminating in an immersive musical experience.

(Image: Garry Jones)



The exhibition is open to visitors from Friday, 28 May until Sunday, 12 September 2021.

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2 Tone: Lives & Legacies has been organised in partnership with Coventry Music Museum. Guest curators: Simon Reynolds, Cory Barrett, Pete Chambers, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike and Daniel Rachel.

Featuring: Jerry Dammers, Neol Davies, Pauline Black, Rhoda Dakar, Chalkie Davies, John Coles, John 'Teflon' Sims, Stewart Francis Easton, Duncan Whitley, Horace Panter, Lynval Golding, Neville Staple, Maff, Compton Amanor, Suggs and Chris Foreman (Chrissy Boy), David Steele and Everett Morton, Miranda Joyce, Don Letts, Dave Kirchgessner, Rick Rocklewitz, Scott Klopfenstein, and Charley Anderson.