Natural Mysticism: Towards a New Reggae Aesthetic / Edition 1

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The first book ever to look in-depth at reggae as an artistic form, Natural Mysticism shows how reggae combines politics, sex, spirituality and art, and offers in depth analyzes of leading reggae artists such as Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry and Bob Marley.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900715225
  • Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kwame Dawes
Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes is an award-winning Ghanian-born Jamaican author of several books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. He teaches at the University of South Carolina, where he is Distinguished Poet in Residence and director of the USC Arts Institute and the SC Poetry Initiative. Dawes is the programmer for the annual Jamaican Calabash International Literary Festival.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 11
Ch. 1 Beautiful Reggae: An Existential Approach 21
Ch. 2 Reading, Writing and Reggae 35
Ch. 3 The Reggae Aesthetic and Literary Forms 59
Ch. 4 The Reggae Aesthetic: An Epistemology of the Subject 85
Ch. 5 The Reggae Lyric: A Literary Model 113
Ch. 6 'Stir it Up': The Erotic in Reggae 131
Ch. 7 Don Drummond: Forerunner 151
Ch. 8 Burning Spear: Reggae Prophet 171
Ch. 9 'Jah Music': Marley and Some Reggae Poets 199
Ch. 10 Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Madman/Prophet/Artist 219
Conclusion: Haul and Pull Up 239
Footnotes 249
Index 271
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