1979. The dawning of a new era. Against the backdrop of the demise of punk, social unrest and the coming to power of Margaret Thatcher, The Specials burst onto the scene with their unique brand of music, sweeping up the nations youth with their edgy, politically-charged message and iconic 2Tone branding. Thirty years later, as the band celebrate their anniversary with a reunion tour, their hard hitting, poignant tales of teen pregnancy, knife crime and racism are still as prevalent as they always were.
Paul Williams is a concert promoter, creator and editor of the 1990s cult fanzine Street Feeling, administrator of The Specials website and valued contributor to many varied projects within the lively ska world. His life-long interest in The Specials inspired him to be the first to research and document the bands history, which he portrays with an easy, familiar style, making their story accessible to all.