The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

originalAs you may know – I wrote Neville Staple of The Specials’ biography which was published in paperback this year – Original Rude Boy.   Came as a bit of a surprise to discover that Neville was a bit of a lad back in the day and I mean burglaries, fights with knives and other bad behaviour, or what he calls “Neville things”.

He was a real Rude Boy and there’s no doubting it.  Some of the stories you can expect to find in Original Rude Boy:

  • Neville’s rough childhood and how he battled through it
  • How he met future Specials roadies Trevor and Rex
  • The amazing sound system scene and his system, Jah Baddis
  • Why Neville ended up doing a stint in borstal
  • When he first met the Coventry Automatics
  • Going on the road with the 2Tone bands
  • Being managed by Bernie Rhodes
  • What it was like hanging out with the legendary Jerry Dammers
  • Why did The Specials split?
  • What he really thought about Fun Boy Three
  • Forming the Neville Staple Band and taking ska on the road
  • The Americans who picked up the 2Tone flame


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