Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music

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Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music traces the story of how Caribbean island conquered the world through its music. With interviews and commentary from reggae legends as well as people on the ground, Lloyd Bradley takes up the story from the late 1950s and the development of ska, then follows the music’s journey overseas in the 1960s. But it was in the 1970s that reggae exploded into an international phenomenon with the super-stardom of Bob Marley and artists like Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, and Third World. ...

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Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music traces the story of how Caribbean island conquered the world through its music. With interviews and commentary from reggae legends as well as people on the ground, Lloyd Bradley takes up the story from the late 1950s and the development of ska, then follows the music’s journey overseas in the 1960s. But it was in the 1970s that reggae exploded into an international phenomenon with the super-stardom of Bob Marley and artists like Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, and Third World. Since then, reggae has continued to reinvent itself as a powerful musical and cultural force.

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For anyone whose knowledge of reggae starts at Bob Marley and doesn't go much further, this well-written mini-coffee-table book will serve as an excellent overview of what came before Marley and what has evolved since his death in 1981. Much has been written previously about the earlier genres, such as ska, rock steady, harmony groups, and roots reggae, but this book shines in its very insightful descriptions of subsequent "toaster" deejays, ragamuffins, dance hall slackness, Bobo Ashanti (Rastafarian resurgence), and the latest revival of conscious, uplifting lyrics. The book shows how the spirit of reggae keeps reinventing itself over and over again, which keeps it vital to Jamaicans. Recommended for all reggae collections.-Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780563488071
  • Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Story of Jamaican Music 6
Chapter 1 Why Ska? 10
Chapter 2 The People's Radio 24
Chapter 3 Sweet Harmonies 36
Chapter 4 Forward the Bass 46
Chapter 5 Cultural Time 56
Chapter 6 The Tuffest of the Tuff 72
Chapter 7 Toasters, Boasters and Righteous Preachers 86
Chapter 8 Dub Crazy 98
Chapter 9 Great Britain 106
Chapter 10 Raggamuffin Time 120
Chapter 11 Beyond the Bassline 130
Chapter 12 A Return to Roots 142
Where Next? 154
Picture Credits 158
Index 159
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