Limited edition book by the FOUR WRITERS group, et al.
Racist Tones foregrounds the everyday stories of those at the receiving end of the hostile racist environment, which formed the backdrop to the Two-Tone record label founded in 1979 in Coventry. It delves into the tones and frequencies in which racism was received and lived in this period.
The book has been distinctively compiled from two modes of storytelling, altering how we imagine places across time in Coventry. During the 2021 lockdown, four of us came together online to write our flashbacks of racism from when we were growing up in Coventry, in the seventies and eighties, leading us to form the FOUR WRITERS group (T. Patel, D. Piparia, N. Puwar, J. Samra). This prompted us to start a dialogue with other people in our kinship networks. These conversations have only just begun…
This is a limited edition book, available to buy at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry. Proceeds from the sales support creative anti-racist collaborations.
Read more about ‘Racist Tones’ here, and watch the authors read from the book below (Resonate Festival, Coventry, 19 September 2021):