Sunday 17 September 2017 05.00 EDT / Interview by Kathryn Bromwich
The Queen of Ska on James Baldwin, punk tailoring – and her musical contemporary Debbie Harry.
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. In 2011 she released her memoir, Black By Design. The Selecter’s new album, Daylight, is released on 6 October by DMF Records.