Music Museum of New England
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To preserve, honor and showcase New England’s musical heritage.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

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Inspired equally by the English 2-tone ska movement and the early ’80s Boston hardcore scene, frontman Dickie Barrett (Impact Unit), bassist Joe Gittleman (Gang Green) and the rest of the plaid-clad Bosstones rose from playing shows where the octet onstage outnumbered the crowds at the Rathskeller and The Channel to becoming one of the city’s most beloved rock institutions. (Originally the Bosstones, the group supersized their name to avoid confusion with an Eisenhower-era doo-wop group.) While their “ska-core” approach initially alienated both ska and hardcore purists on a handful of
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