Telling the 2 Tone story with a brand new children’s book
A city author has released the latest in his range of children’s books celebrating Coventry’s history with ‘A 2 Tone Tale’; which tells the story behind 2 Tone Records; the Coventry record label behind The Specials and The Selecter.
Etch & Pin owner, Aaron Ashmore, 37, said: “Coventry is known worldwide for producing many different icons from Lady Godiva to Sir Frank Whittle, however the 2 Tone record label firmly put the city on the cultural map and inspired many ska bands around the world.
“I hope this book helps to continue the 2 Tone legacy and bring along a younger generation who may not know about the incredible music which originated from the city.”
The new book is the fourth Etch & Pin Coventry children's book and follows ‘Lady Godiva's Birthday Suit’; the story of Lady Godiva’s iconic ride through the city and 'Coventry; The Phoenix City' which tells the story of the Coventry Blitz plus ‘Meet the Coventry Kids’; a look at the lives of 12 Coventry individuals.
Aaron worked with illustrator Alex Bagaian, who worked in the city for many years, who brought the Coventry music legends to life with hand-drawn imagery.
As with all of their products, Etch & Pin is supporting a local cause and £1 from every book sold will go towards providing books for The Coventry Music Museum - who celebrate all types of Coventry music - to sell at the museum.
Pete Chambers BEM, director of the Coventry Music Museum said: “Aaron has a unique talent of creating fascinating yet very relatable books for the younger generation; this latest book has long been needed to pass on the knowledge of this global phenomenon that began in Coventry.
“Aaron has perfectly told the story of Coventry’s Ska revolution in this amazing book, it’s informative yet so much fun and I’m very proud to see the Coventry Music Museum featured in there.”
‘A 2 Tone Tale’ can be bought on etchandpin.co.uk/2ToneBook