Pauline Black


Thursday 18th May 2017

Photo © Dean Chalkley 

Pauline Black

What do you do?
Lead singer of The Selecter / Broadcaster / Author / Actress

Where are you from?

Describe your style in three words?
Sharp, monochromatic, focused.

Which subcultures have had an enduring effect on you?
2-tone, mod, rudeboy.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Malcolm X.

Another you? Any other career that would have appealed?
Ballet dancer.

Best gig you have ever been to?
Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1978 at Stafford Bingley Hall.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite, and why?
The Roundhouse sell-out show on October 6th, 2017; the launch date of our new album 'Daylight'.

Pauline Black is best known as the singer, who alongside Gaps Hendrickson, fronted seminal 2-Tone band The Selecter. Pauline Black has also worked as an actor including an award-winning portrayal of Billie Holiday in the play All Or Nothing in 1991. In 2011 Pauline released her acclaimed autobiography, 'Black by Design'.

The Selecter released their latest album 'Daylight earlier this year, and Pauline Black recently became an ambassador for Coventry's winning bid to become UK City Of Culture 2021.


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