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The Specials – The Artist
The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. After some early changes, the first stable lineup of the group consisted of Terry Hall and Neville Staple on vocals, Lynval Golding and Roddy Radiation on guitars, Horace Panter on bass, Jerry Dammers on keyboards, John Bradbury on drums, and Dick Cuthell and Rico Rodriguez on horns. Their music combines a “danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk’s energy and attitude”. Lyrically, they present a “more focused and informed political and social stance”. The band had a particular look and wore mod-style “1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits and loafers)”
Maggie’s Farm – The Song
‘Maggie’s Farm’ is a song written by Bob Dylan, recorded on January 15, 1965, and released on the album Bringing It All Back Home of that year. Like many other Dylan songs of the 1965–66 period, “Maggie’s Farm” is based on electric blues. The song, “Maggie’s Farm,” like many Dylan songs, has been widely covered. This version by 2-Tone ska band, The Specials made reference to the then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, replacing the words “National Guard” with “National Front.”
Margaret Thatcher – The Shape
Modelled into a silhouette of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Hilda Thatcher, (1925 – 2013) was a British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her “The ‘Iron Lady’”, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies known as Thatcherism.
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