Coventry author hopes to inspire next generation with Legacy 2 Tone


A writer from Coventry has published his latest book which is sure to be a hit with young lovers of music and local history.

Aaron Ashmore has written several books on Coventry and its famous sons and daughters, and now he’s written on perhaps the city’s most famous musical export – 2 Tone.

A 2 Tone Tale tells the story of 2 Tone Records – the Coventry label that gave the world The Specials and The Selecter, among others.

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It is the latest in Aaron’s line of children’s books celebrating the history of Coventry.

Aaron, owner of Cov Etch & Pin, said: “Coventry is known the world over for producing many different icons, from Lady Godiva to Sir Frank Whittle, but the 2 Tone label has firmly placed the city on the cultural map and has inspired many ska groups. the world.

“I hope this book will help carry on 2 Tone’s legacy and bring in a younger generation who may not be familiar with the amazing music that originated in the city.”

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A 2 Tone Tale, Aaron Ashmore’s latest book

The new book is the fourth Etch & Pin Coventry children’s book and follows Lady Godiva’s birthday costume, the story of Lady Godiva’s iconic ride through the city of Coventry; The Phoenix City, which tells the story of the Coventry Blitz and Meet the Coventry Kids, a glimpse into the lives of 12 people from Coventry.

Aaron worked with illustrator Alex Bagaian, who worked in the city for many years, who brought Coventry’s music legends to life with hand-drawn images.

As with all of their products, Etch & Pin supports a local cause and £ 1 from each book sold will go towards providing books to the Coventry Music Museum – which celebrates all types of Coventry music – for sale at the museum.

Pete Chambers BEM, Director of the Coventry Music Museum said: “Aaron has a unique talent for creating fascinating but highly relevant books for the younger generation; this latter book has long been necessary to impart knowledge of this global phenomenon which began in Coventry.

“Aaron told the story of the Coventry Ska Revolution perfectly in this amazing book, it is informative but so much fun and I am very proud to see the Coventry Music Museum in it.”

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