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The Tone tour and Hall of Fame 2-Tone may have been born out of a troubling recession which created a miserable time for Coventry’s youth and those who lost their jobs in company closures, in the 1970’s. However, the circumstances of high unemployment among the youth set off a creative streak from which 2-Tone arose music. Never the less it provided the city with a lasting legacy, and international recognition, which it now recognises. And the 2-Tone village located off the Walsgrave Rd, in Coventry now stands testament, to the achievements of two bands that in two years turned the city into melting pot of black and white, rock and reggae fused together to make a great sound. Today no one in Coventry dispute 2-Tone’s impact on the cultural life of the city. The two bands the Specials and Selecter ‘s achievements as an inspiring multi-cultural event, in a city of reconciliation. The credit for the cities belated recognition of the bands achievement goes however to a relentless campaigner and music historian Pete Chambers. His tour guide book was produced to allow Coventry’s tourist to visit sites with stories connected to those involved with 2-Tone establishment and its development. It signalled the intent that there was a need for the city to acknowledge their two bands achievements. Pete Chambers states his reasons as being” “The 2-Tone Trail can be used as a stand alone guide to 2-Tone in the city, or more importantly it includes a walking trail that takes in 20 of the most important sites that helped to shape the 2-Tone revolution in our city. Backed by Coventry City Council and CV One, it promises to end the urban invisibility of such an iconic movement. Beginning, quiet logically at the tourist information centre, it takes you to places like the Oak Inn, Sidney Stringer School and Far Gosford Street, then onto the Coventry Canal Basin”. The canal basin was then a run down part of the city and featured on their album cover when they were there in 1979, as a result the cover was seen all over the world as the front cover of their first LP. And 51 Albany Rd, where Jerry Dammers lived and developed the ideas for 2-Tone with the iconic Walt Jabco, and black and white check design which became a fashion statement. Pete Chambers has been the driving force behind the recognition of 2-Tone in Coventry in establishing the guidebook and then the museum, which was temporarily located at local a university. It is Now located at Walsgrave Rd, with several shops, a Caribbean restaurant and small venue, where the ceremonies are carried to award Coventry’s musicians in the Hall of Fame.