BBC This Town star appears at Coventry Music Museum's 2-Tone event

A well-known actor appeared as a special guest at an event celebrating 45 years of 2-Tone at the Coventry Music Museum. Ben Rose has starred in the Steve Knight drama ‘This Town,' which is based on the West Midlands music phenomenon 2-Tone.

In an interview with journalist and museum curator Pete Chambers BEM, Pete said: "Ben who plays Bardon Quinn in the drama was a delight and put lot of smiles on the audience’s faces, and happily answered my questions along with those from the audience and finished the day by performing two superb songs on the acoustic guitar. The day before I was lucky enough to interview former Beat Manager John Mostyn whose erudite tales enthralled the crowd so much that we only scraped the surface of his long career, he will return”.

The musical phenomenon we call 2-Tone continues to have a huge resonance and legitimacy in these often worrying times. The history of this infectious sound that copies from Ska and steals from Punk has been well documented down the ages. Those reading this you will no doubt be well acquainted with bands like The Specials, The Selecter, Madness and The Beat.

READ MORE: Celebrate 45 years of 'life-changing' 2-Tone at the Coventry Music Museum

They all had a hand in changing our lives, they taught us to dance (or at least try to) they gave us a beat that was ours and they oh so gently worked their sociopolitical views on us to make us better people. The male skinhead hairstyle is no longer an option to us elders, just a way of life now, but the Walt Jabsco Tattoos remain a totem to a sweet indulgence that has and will always remain a life choice.

They may have faded over the years like the leather on those cherry red DM’s, but we can all recall where and when they were first created and what the musical soundtrack was at the time.