The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

1979 and 1980 were the glory years of the so-called “second wave” of ska music – first wave in Jamaica twenty plus years before and now the 2Tone wave came crashing out of Coventry. The Specials seized the charts by the scruff of the neck with a string of hits. And even WH Smith felt …

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Walthamstow in north east London has a proud Punk and New Wave history centred on Small Wonder Records as Tony McMahon reports