Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir (Paperback)
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Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 05/07/2012
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Born in 1953 to Anglo-Jewish/Nigerian parents, Pauline Black was subsequently adopted by a white, working class family in Romford. Never quite at home there, she escaped her small town background and discovered a different way of life - making music. Lead singer for platinum-selling band The Selecter, Pauline Black was the Queen of British Ska. The only woman in a movement dominated by men, she toured with The Specials, Madness, Dexy's Midnight Runners when they were at the top of the charts - and, sometimes, on their worst behaviour. From childhood to fame, from singing to acting and broadcasting, from adoption to her recent search for her birth parents, Black By Design is a funny and enlightening story of music, race, family and roots.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846687914
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Gritty, witty and compelling * Elle *
Black paints a vivid portrait of simmering racial tension in Britain after the Second World War ... Intelligent and affecting * Independent *
Stories aplenty ... fascinating * Metro *
The story of a brave, intelligent woman's struggle to make sense of the world around her * Mojo *

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“Fantastic read .”

Been a fan of the Selecter since i was a teenager so this was the ideal book to purchase !!

Paperback edition
7th September 2011
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“Great journey”

I was attracted to this book because of a review in the Guardian. I was a fan of ska music but wasn't aware of Pauline Black or Selecter in a big way. I owned a Specials ‘Best Of’ CD. That was my stand point... More

Paperback edition
9th November 2011
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