On my radar Pauline Black’s cul­tural high­lights

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Born Belinda Mag­nus in Romford, Lon­don, then re­named Pauline Vick­ers by her adop­tive par­ents, Pauline Black chose her stage name when she co-founded 2-Tone ska band the Selecter in 1979. Soon the band had a hit with On My Ra­dio, and Black earned the nick­name Queen of Ska. The group split in 1982 af­ter mak­ing two al­bums, but have re-formed a num­ber of times. Black has acted in films, TV and the­atre; her role as Bil­lie Hol­i­day in All or Noth­ing at All won her the 1991 Time Out best ac­tress award. In 2011 she re­leased her mem­oir, Black

By De­sign. The Selecter’s new al­bum, Day­light, is re­leased on 6 Oc­to­ber by DMF Records. Kathryn Bromwich

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