It's Raining Books Sale

Recently Viewed clear list

Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing

On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757

New Mass Market
Ships from International Warehouse (read more)
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping only
Not available for In-store Pickup
Qty Store Section
3 International Warehouse General- General

Original Rude Boy: From Borstal to the Specials


Original Rude Boy: From Borstal to the Specials Cover


  1. This particular item is stocked in an International Warehouse and will ship separately from other items in your shopping cart.

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Specials' vocalist offers his inside take on the 2 Tone era, his experiences producing such bands as No Doubt and Rancid, and the current Specials reunion in this raucous and charming autobiography

The Specials were the undeniable leaders of new music in the late 1970s and 1980s and this chronicle tells their story and that of a musical era. In 1979, Thatcher's Britain was a country crippled by strikes, joblessness, and economic gloom, divided by race and class—and skanking to a new beat: 2 Tone. The unruly offspring of white boy punk and rude boy ska, the Specials burst on to the scene. On stage they were electric, and at the heart of this energy was the vocal chemistry of the ethereal Terry Hall and Jamaican rude boy Neville Staple. In 1961, five-year-old Neville was sent to England to live with his father, a man for whom discipline bordered on child abuse. As he recounts here, growing up black in the Midlands of the 1960s and 1970s wasn't easy, and his youth was marked by scuffles with skins, compulsive womanizing, and a life of crime that led from shoplifting to burglary and eventually prison. But throughout there was music, and Nev reveals how he became part of the most important band of the 1980s. He remembers sound system battles; the legendary 2 Tone tour with the Selecter, Madness, and Dexy's, and their clashes with white nationalist thugs. He recalls the band's increasing tensions and eventual split; his subsequent foray into bubblegum pop with Fun Boy Three; and a newfound fame in America as godfather to Third Wave ska bands. Finally he reflects on the Specials' reunion and how even now, 30 years later, they can't help tearing themselves apart.

About the Author

Neville Staple was a frontman with The Specials and a member of the pop trio Fun Boy Three. He now tours the world with his ska act The Neville Staple Band. Tony McMahon is a journalist and TV producer. Pete Waterman is a record producer and DJ.

Product Details

Staple, Neville
Aurum Press
McMahon, Tony
Foreword by:
Waterman, Pete
Waterman, Pete
McMahon, Tony
Waterman, Pete
Genres & Styles - Punk
History & Criticism - General
Composers & Musicians - General
MUSIC / Punk
Composers & Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
8.00 x 5.00 in

Other books you might like

  1. Ethics : Treatise on Emendation of... Used Trade Paper $12.00
  2. A Treatise of Human Nature Used Trade Paper $7.95
  3. Prolegomena To Any Future... Used Trade Paper $9.00
  4. Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals Used Pamphlet $3.50
  5. A treatise concerning the principles... Used Trade Paper $5.95
  6. Descartes: Meditations on First... Used Trade Paper $7.50

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Punk
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Reggae and Ska
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » Military » General History

Original Rude Boy: From Borstal to the Specials New Mass Market
0 stars - 0 reviews
$18.00 In Stock
Product details 368 pages Aurum Press - English 9781845135423 Reviews:
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at