Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King

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Penguin Adult, Aug 30, 2001 - History - 572 pages
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'Bass Culture' is a complete history of reggae, from its origins in the Jamaican sound-systems dances of the 1950s, through its enormous international triumphs of the 70s, to the current generation of new roots artists who are searching out a way forward for the sound. The story is remarkable - how a downtown music developed out of decades of cultural oppression to become a truly indigenous art form that went on to conquer the world. In an account that ranges from Kingston's ghetto areas and the cool hills of Jamaica's interior to the clubs and record shops of London and Birmingham, Lloyd Bradley tells the full story - the politics and the culture, the producers and the players, the heroes and the villains - but most of all, the music.

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User Review  - sfhaa - LibraryThing

An invigorating and educational history on not only the sounds but the politics and places that created the backbone of modern music, written lucidly and intelligently. Read full review

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Anyone interested in this book will probably have heard one or two of the criticisms that have been levelled at it - particularly that there are too many careless mistakes, and that the author is ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Lloyd Bradley was classically trained as a chef but for the last 20 years has worked as a music journalist, most recently for Mojo - which he has just left with editor Mat Snow to launch a new men's magazine in Autumn 2000. He is the author of Reggae on CD. He lives with his wife and two children in Kentish Town, London.

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