Keyboardist and songwriter Jerry Dammers’ music label 2 Tone Records became associated with the UK’s racially-integrated ska revival of the late-1970s. The 2-Tone movement combined influences from ska, reggae and rocksteady with elements of punk rock and new wave, and the scene’s key groups include Coventry bands The Specials (founded by Dammers) and The Selecter. Tonight’s broadcast will pay special tribute to The Specials drummer John Bradbury, who passed away last month at the age of 62. We’ll also hear from other 2-Tone bands from throughout Great Britain.
Another focus of this program will be the Rock Against Racism concert-series of the mid-to-late 1970s. This campaign involved pop, rock, punk and reggae musicians staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, to encourage young people to reject the rise of white supremacist parties in England.”
“Rock It Properly” airs on Sundays in the winter from 8-10pm PST.