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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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Reggae is indistinguishable from rastafarianism and the sociocultural moment that it was all born out of. This book puts it all in perfect context; it's not just about island vibes and irie and all ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

Wish I had more time to read all this book...will definitely come back to it at some point, though. Recently I've returned to some old Trojan records classic rocksteady jams and wanted a quick ... Read full review


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Lloyd Bradley is a classically trained chef and the author of "This Is Reggae Music, the best-selling story of reggae and Jamaican culture. He toured the United States with Parliament and Funkadelic in 1979; is one of the vocalists on Bootsy's Sweat Band album (the first album on George Clinton's Uncle Jam Records); and still has the baby clothes sent to his son by George and his wife when they declared themselves surrogate godparents.

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