Reggae Scene: The Stars, the Fans, the Music

Reggae Scene: The Stars, the Fans, the Music

by Peter Manuel, Daniel T. Neely
     
 

Are you a fan of Bob Marley or Elephant Man? Have you ever danced the Dutty Wine? Open this book and step into the reggae scene. From the neighborhoods of Jamaica to the clubs of cities around the world, reggae's tropical beats keep people dancing!

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Are you a fan of Bob Marley or Elephant Man? Have you ever danced the Dutty Wine? Open this book and step into the reggae scene. From the neighborhoods of Jamaica to the clubs of cities around the world, reggae's tropical beats keep people dancing!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
"Reggae is a big sound from a small island." So begins this concise introduction to and history of reggae music. Readers learn that the term reggae actually refers to two distinct styles of music—roots reggae and dancehall. Many will be familiar with roots reggae sensation Bob Marley; since the 1980s the dancehall style of reggae has soared in popularity with DJs such as Beenie Man. The story of reggae is tangled up in the story of Jamaica—its country of origin—and this title of "The Music Scene" series gives ample attention to that story. One of the most moving anecdotes highlights how a 1978 "One Love Peace Concert" provided a moment of peace between political parties. Not only do readers get a sense of reggae's roots, but they also get a taste of reggae culture. From the Rastafari dreadlocks to today's bling and glitz, reggae is as much about style as it is about music. Add in the dance moves with humorous names such as Dutty Wine, Bogle, Signal the Plane, and Buttafly, and you get a sense of the magic of this musical style. The internal organization of each book in "The Music Scene" series does not work as smoothly in this title as in others. Discussions of clothing, dance moves, and life on the road precede the history of reggae, giving the book a disjointed feel. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These books offer readers an important opportunity to become acquainted with a variety of social causes and to learn how to make a difference. In each volume, the first chapter spread defines the concept of being an activist, with reference to a specific cause. Animal Rights Activist discusses the differences between animal welfare and animal rights activists, related history, and such topics as vegetarianism, cruelty, and factory farming. Environmental Activist follows a similar format and, as in the other books, includes a chapter on noted members of the field, such as Al Gore, and student activists. In Human Rights Activist, the rights to life, freedom, and equality without regard to race, gender, religion, ability, age, or political opinion are discussed. There is no mention of discrimination with regard to sexual orientation. The central issue in Social Justice Activist is the concept of a society in which everyone is equal and receives fair treatment. Gender, race, poverty, homelessness, peace, and environmental issues are specific subjects considered. Each volume includes a short list of suggested Web sites that is introduced by a warning that they should be pre-screened by an adult—an unrealistic expectation and probably unnecessary with sites such as the World Wildlife Fund or the Sierra Club. Students researching animal rights may come across PETA's site anyway. These valuable works introduce new concepts and possible plans of action to students, but their presentation is for a younger audience than is realistic for the ideas discussed.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766034006
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
The Music Scene Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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