Pauline Black: the original rude girl on female empowerment, intersectionality and being a music trailblazer

Mar 04, 2019, 04:15 AM

The music trailblazer invites you into her immaculate home in the Midlands to give her thoughts on female empowerment, race relations, 2-Tone's legacy and the fight to make her voice heard.

Think of punk and ska in 1980s Britain and you may well picture bands like The Clash and The Specials. Pauline Black, however, is the original rude girl. As the driving force behind Coventry 2-tone group The Selecter, she was a rare woman of colour making her way in music and sticking two fingers up to the skinheads while she was at it.

Today Pauline is a style icon and a cultural force, with her signature fedora, Doc Martens and formidable attitude, as documented in her book, Black By Design: A 2-Tone Memoir. She invited The Last Bohemians into her immaculate home in the Midlands to discuss how she became the first lady of 2-Tone, its multicultural vision, and the fight to make her voice heard.

Presenter: Kate Hutchinson
Producer: Renay Richardson
Photos: Laura Kelly
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