Tuesday, August 18, 2020

"The Duff Guide to 2 Tone" Is Now Available Worldwide!

The cover features a vinyl record with the book title and author info on the record's paper label.In the mail today, I received the first copy of my new paperback book The Duff Guide to 2 Tone--and am thrilled to announce that it is now available worldwide through Amazon. So, while I'm cranking up the old Duff Guide to Ska marketing machine to promote the book and generate (hopefully positive) reviews, if you're inclined to just go ahead and purchase The Duff Guide to 2 Tone, here are the links to order it via the following international Amazon sites (and you can check out the table of contents, my intro, and Gaz Mayall's foreword through the "Look Inside" feature):

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon AU
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon JP

Also, he's some info that will give you an idea of what the book is about:

"The Duff Guide to 2 Tone features over 70 reviews of reissues of essential 2 Tone albums from The Specials and The Special AKA, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness, The Bodysnatchers, and Bad Manners, as well as write-ups of their more recent records, gigs, books, and movies—which no self-respecting fan of 2 Tone should miss! (This guide also features reviews of 2 Tone-adjacent releases that you need to know about.) Ska music writer Stephen Shafer was Moon Ska Records “director of propaganda” during the 1990s and played a significant, behind-the-scenes role in making the so-called American “Third Wave” of ska happen. With a foreword by Gaz Mayall (The Trojans, Gaz's Rockin' Records, Gaz's Rockin' Blues, and co-writer of The Bodysnatchers' "Ruder Than You"), The Duff Guide to 2 Tone draws from over 12 years of Shafer’s reviews from his Duff Guide to Ska blog—and this collection not only provides a critical overview of 2 Tone’s ever-growing body of work, it also documents the continuing and largely unwritten history of these bands, as well as 2 Tone’s lasting impact well into the 21st century."

In the coming weeks, I'll share reviews of the book as they come in, and certainly will appreciate reader feedback, if you're so moved (duffguidetoska@gmail.com).

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Anonymous said...


I am about half way through the book and it is excellent. I have read almost all of material in the book back when you posted on the blog. But it is still fresh as a re-read and having the writing now thematically organized in book form lets me see the connections between the pieces that were not apparent in the posts. Great job, loving the book.


Steve from Moon said...


Thanks so much for these kind words about my book--they're very much appreciated!

Hope all is well,


Anonymous said...

Hi Steve, brazilian Ska fans need it at Amazon BR!