Huge turnout for ORIGINAL RUDE BOY signing in BirminghamApril 27, 2009 The autobiography of ska legend Neville Staple charts the life of the Jamaican singer and the rise and fall of the "Second Wave" of ska that emerged out of Coventry, UK. Neville was a Rude Boy - Terry Hall was a punk: together they fronted The Specials - a band that dominated the UK charts from 1979 to 1981.
With cameos from a rollcall of eighties pop music: Blondie, Madness, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello and Sting to name but a few, Neville gives a unique insight into the Rude Boy culture of seventies Britain - resorting to burglary to keep himself in fashionable clothes, making "sound system" music and incessantly womanising the book shows how that culture fused with the dying embers of punk to create the music that a generation danced to.
Fans young and old queued round the block to get their copies of the book signed by author Tony McMahon and the Original Rude Boy himself - Neville Staple.
Check out Tony's bio page here.