This is Reggae Music: The Story of Jamaica's Music

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Grove Press, 2001 - Music - 572 pages
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Jamaica is a small country in the Caribbean, 146 miles wide and populated by fewer than three million people. Nevertheless, it has exerted a more powerful hold on international popular music than any nation besides England and America. From Prince Buster to Burning Spear, Lee "Scratch" Perry to Yellowman, Bob Marley to Shabba Ranks, reggae music is one of the most dynamic and powerful musical forms of the twentieth century. And, as Lloyd Bradley shows in his deft, definitive, and always entertaining book, it is and always has been the people's music. Born in the sound systems of the Kingston slums, reggae was the first music poor Jamaicans could call their own, and as it spread throughout the world, it always remained fluid, challenging, and distinctly Jamaican. Based on six years of research -- original interviews with most of reggae's key producers, musicians, and international players -- and a lifelong enthusiasm for one of the most remarkable of the world's musics, This Is Reggae Music is the definitive history of reggae.
 

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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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Contents

Part One First Session
1
Boogie in My Bones
3
Music Is My Occupation
22
We Are Rolling
49
Message from the King
63
Train to Skaville
88
Strange Country
111
What a World
133
Wake the Town Tell the People
288
Dubwise Situation
309
Dreadlocks in Moonlight
336
AhFiWeDis
381
Trench Town Rock
396
Warrior Charge
422
SippleOutDeh
457
Part Four Fist to Fist Days Gone
483

Part Two Simmer Down
155
Soul Style
157
Dance Crasher
179
It Up
198
You Can Get It If You Really Want
232
Part Three Studio Kinda Cloudy
261
Pressure Drop
263
Ring the Alarm
485
Kids Play
501
Johnny Dollar
518
Healing of a Nation
531
Further Reading
541
Index
547
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