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The Selecter: Beyond Black And White

Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, September 1980

JERRY DAMMMERS must be reeling. The Specials' gap-toothed leader created a movement when he started the 2-Tone label, figuring that his own band would be taken for an oddity or novelty unless he could formulate a context within which it could be placed. Today, the 2-Tone forest is so bloody thick you can't see the trees. The idea of 2-Tone as a movement is drawing as much attention as the qualities, strengths and weaknesses of the individual bands of which it is comprised.

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