2-Tone Village is tucked away in a narrow lane off Walsgrave Road. There’s a cafe, a shop and a museum charting Coventry’s musical history and its pivotal role in the founding of two-tone and ska music in the late 1970s; memorialising achievements of local musicians/rude-boys and including memorabilia from bands like The Selecter and The Specials, The Enemy, Frank Ifield, Stereo Nation, Pint Shot Riot, Ghost Poet, The Zodiacs, The Orchids, Vampires, The Primitives, Lieutenant Pigeon, Jigsaw, Attrition, The Sorrows, Hazel O’Connor and Punjabi M.
At the museum’s souvenir shop I encountered Suky. He told me that 2-Tone Village opened in 2013 and is run by volunteers like him and that most of the museum’s memorabilia has been donated.
After I explained to Suky about what I was doing he gave the assemblage two 2-Tone Records stickers and a 2-Tone drinks mat and then sent me to see Steve at his Phil Silvers museum at Fargo Collective.
Pocket Number 2: Steve at Sgt Bilko’s Vintage Emporium and The Phil Silvers Archival Museum, Fargo Village >>
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