Taking The Specials Back to Ghost Town

Issue 1343

Taking The Specials Back to Ghost Town

It’s been almost 40 years since ska superheroes The Specials packed into a Vauxhall Cresta and took it for a spin around London’s deserted financial heartlands in the unforgettable video for their timeless track Ghost Town.

This week we take the band back to a time of riots and urban decay when the country seemed to be hurtling out of control. They talk parallels, protests and how the band still have big issues four decades on.

And, best of all, see The Specials retracing the Ghost Town video in exclusive Augmented Reality content only in The Big Issue.


  • Casualty star and Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah reveals how it all began with winning Butlin’s talent contests and how he had to give up a £50,000 recording studio in this week’s Letter To My Younger Self
  • Football finance lawyer Daniel Geey tells us the state of play for the Premier League after Brexit
  • And Rachel Fuller talks making music for mourning your four-legged friend.

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