From the Publisher
"In the gorgeous new version of Reggae Scrapbook, renowned author and reggae archivist Roger Steffans teams up with photo editor and award-winning photographer Peter Simon to deliver a stunning visual document of Jamaican music, including album art, rare posters and photographs of numerous musicians."
…a dazzling homage to the music and its birthplace. Simon's magnificent photos are interspersed with his and Steffens's texthistorical morsels, interviews with reggae greats, frontline reminiscences about the music sceneand replicated goodies from the archives: concert handbills, autographed records, album covers, fliers promoting reggae shows in places as far-flung as Israel and Germany…The book is, above all, fun. Turning page after oversize page, ogling colorful collages and wondering what treats were in store nextReggae stickers! An envelope of marijuana-themed postcards!I felt like a keyed-up kid with a new toy.
The New York Times
Steffens, founding editor of The Beat, and Simon, photographer and coauthor of Reggae Bloodlines, fuse their talents to create this vibrant and all-encompassing history of the Jamaican music phenomenon that swept through the U.S. in the mid-1970s. While paying homage to "reggae royalty" icons such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff, the authors go to great lengths to explore lesser-known musicians in glossy photographs, essays, copies of advertisements and detachable postcards. The editors successfully use the reggae aesthetic in a burst of bright primary colors and a flurry of marijuana leaves (with accompanying clouds of thick smoke). The result is a thoroughly enjoyable scrapbook with equally captivating design and content. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This beautiful coffee-table book for reggae music fans features text by Steffens (founding editor, The Beatmagazine) and a lavish layout from photo editor Simon (coauthor, Reggae Bloodlines). As colorful as the almost 50-year history of reggae music, it is filled with fun little pockets of poster facsimiles, recording memorabilia, a music CD, postcards, stickers, and other odds and ends from Steffens's extensive and renowned archive. There is not a great deal of text in the eight chapters, but what's there hits a lot of the high points, covering major artists through the twists and turns that reggae music and Jamaican popular culture have taken over the years. Because of the format and included items (removable pieces that can be easily lost or stolen), this book is probably too fragile for general circulation. If it could be included in protected, noncirculating library settings, it would be an excellent addition to any reggae history collection as well as a prize for fans of the music.