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From Ghost Town 2 Host Town

Published: Monday, 14 June 2021

From Ghost Town 2 Host Town

2021 will be the 40th anniversary of probably the most famous song to come out of the city, namely ‘Ghost Town’.

The song topped the charts for four weeks back in 1981, a song not just about Coventry, but more to do with the urban decay of a whole nation – indeed Glasgow and Liverpool were the main inspirations for the song.

This exciting new “Ghost Town 2 Host Town” exhibition will track the city and its boom time in its post-Second World War days – through being a dominant player as a Motor City, to the sad decline of the car industry and its relevance to the Ghost Town effect. Finally comes the resurgence as a ‘host town’ and City of Culture. The display will feature a very special character well known to Ska fans, who will be there to air his opinions at all times (not to be missed). Plus, the last surviving remnant of the iconic Parson's Nose chip shop as immortalised in the Specials song “Friday Night, Saturday Morning”.

Also, as part of the exhibition will be ‘Coventry-Music City’ and will show Coventry’s impact on the world of music. How ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ by Panjabi MC got on the list of the world’s bestselling singles of all time, how Coventry had a hand in creating the Prog Rock and the Grindcore genres of music as well as of course the 2-Tone genre. There will be a collection of rare overseas releases of many of the Coventry greats including a Sorrows single from Iran, a Specials single from South Africa, a King 12ins single from Venezuela, plus the amazing Frank Ifield and his four number one singles he achieved in the UK, as well as a top five in the US and one of the first million sellers of all time.

Director Curator Dr.Pete Chambers BEM said. “We hope 2021 will be our time to show the world just how amazing Coventry is as a place of music, from Delia Derbyshire and producer Tony Clarke to the 2-Tone movement and Pete Waterman who has sold over 500million records. I believe that this is our best ever exhibition, one that celebrates a Coventry musical icon in Ghost Town and looks to our future as an international City of Culture”

The Coventry Music Museum is home to the original Ghost Town car (as seen in the chart -topping video for the song) and the very organ Jerry Dammers wrote and recorded the Ghost Town song on. Plus, hundreds of other unique 2-Tone items and showcases of many other musical giants that have come out of this City of Culture.

The museum will hopefully be back open soon ready to welcome the world. It remains number one on Trip Advisor. For more information ring 07971 171441 or email me (Pete) at