I Just Can’t Stop It: My Life in The Beat by Ranking Roger, with Daniel Rachel

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I Just Can’t Stop It: My Life in The Beat

I Just Can’t Stop It: My Life in The Beat is the honest and compelling autobiography from British Music Legend, Ranking Roger. As the enigmatic frontman of the multicultural band The Beat, Ranking Roger represented the youthful and joyous sound of the post-punk 2 Tone movement.

As well as his illustrious career with The Beat and its subsequent iterations, I Just Can’t Stop It: My Life in The Beat explores Roger’s upbringing as a child of the Windrush generation, touring America and his outstanding collaborations with artists such as The Clash, The Police and The Specials.

If you’re interested in Mods and Skinhead, we also recommend: Mod Art by Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson and The Making of Quadrophenia by Simon Wells


Mods and Skinheads. The Mod movement has its roots in 1950’s London where the Italian Coffee shops were the meeting point for the Modernists listening to modern jazz. They acquired a taste for Italian inspired tailored fashion and Italian scooters.  The Who and The Small Faces were typical of the bands that were popular with the Mods in the 1960s and they also picked up on the Ska music of the Jamaican Rude Boys.

A Mod revival in the 1970s saw The Jam rise to prominence together with the wave of two-tone bands including The Beat, The Specials and The Selector. Sharing many of the sartorial and musical tastes of the Mods the Skinheads were rooted in British working-class culture.  Associated with violence on the football terraces and extremism in the 1980’s the Skinhead culture was much maligned. Recognition of their cultural influence and their musical taste (the true skinhead love of Reggae, Dancehall and Ska) is often overlooked.

Our Mods and Skinhead selection covers Mod Art by Paul “Smiler” Anderson, Mod: A Very British Phenomenon and I Just Can’t Stop It, the story of Rankin Roger in The Beat. Skinhead by Nick Knight, the classic Skins by Gavin Watson and Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records.

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