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Rad photos the ska scene in England during the summer of 1979

In the Coventry area of England in 1979, the British ska revival was being supercharged by a man called Jeremy Dammer and his DIY label called 2 Tone.

The label was largely a bedroom operation, yet on its bill sat pretty much every new British ska band at the time: The Specials, Madness, Selecter, and even a young Elvis Costello.

In the summer of 1979, these bands reigned king in the UK; ska was all over the charts, The Specials were in the top ten and touring like crazy alongside label mates Bodysnatchers. It was a short, sweet summer of glory for ska and like all great musical movements, photographers were there to document the whole thing.

Here is a sweet collection of snaps of the 2 Tone crew and their bands and fans in the summer of ’79, put together by the folks over at Dangerous Minds.

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[See the full collection over at Dangerous Minds]