A very interesting documentary on BBC Radio 2, and you can listen on-line. For free. Nice.
Part one is available now. Not sure for how long though, so don't hang about.
Paul Sexton traces the history of 2 Tone records and the
band at its centre - The Specials.
1979 saw Ska explode onto the UK's music scene. Leading the wave were The Specials, who tackled social issues, unemployment and racism through their music.
The band were signed to the 2 Tone label, which was the brainchild of The Specials' Jerry Dammers, who wanted to create his own Motown Records - in Coventry.
2 Tone scored seven hit singles, a top-ten album, and a sell-out UK tour - all within its first year. The label also launched the careers of Madness, The Selecter and The Beat.
Featuring new interviews from The Specials, Madness, The Beat and The Selecter, Paul will also talk to Pete Waterman, Don Letts and Garry Bushell to follow the highs and lows of the label and its bands.