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Simon says SIMON RAYMONDE

The Bella Union founder is convinced that the music industry needs to address the question of gender equality within its ranks

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this last year. Often a dangerous pastime, but while there are ever more devious distractions to avoid true contemplation and reflective rumination, I find myself deep in thought most of the time.

Losing my remaining parent a year ago, turning 56 and finally settling outside Brighton after years of moving around in various shortterm rentals where the walls were often as thin as rice paper – along wiThthe terrifying global extreme right-wing shifts – are all pointers to my current state of mind.

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In issue 26 of Long Live Vinyl we’ve enlisted an all-star cast to tell the inside story of 2 Tone, the label and scene that gave hope to a generation. Jerry Dammers and his former Specials bandmates join members of The Beat and The Selecter to talk us through the history of one of the great British musical movements in a series of exclusive interviews you won’t want to miss. Elsewhere this issue, we speak to Foals and Sleaford Mods about their brilliant new albums, and The Antlers reflect on the 10th anniversary reissue of their cult classic Hospice. We also revisit Pixies’ timeless second album Doolittle on its 30th birthday, meet legendary Buzzcocks designer Malcolm Garrett and visit the best record shops in South Wales. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find reviews of new releases and reissues by the likes of New Order, The Chemical Brothers, The Fall, Gang Of Four and Kevin Morby, plus the latest new turntables, amps and speakers. Enjoy the issue!