Reggae Scrapbook

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Guiding us on this colorful book-length journey is one of the men who introduced reggae to America and helped rock the world with its syncopated beat, Roger Steffens. Through lectures, books, magazine articles, radio, and television, Steffens has shared his knowledge of reggae from coast to coast. He is the world’s premier archivist and collector of reggae memorabilia, and brings the best of his in-depth interviews with such reggae legends as Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, and “Toots”...

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Overview

Guiding us on this colorful book-length journey is one of the men who introduced reggae to America and helped rock the world with its syncopated beat, Roger Steffens. Through lectures, books, magazine articles, radio, and television, Steffens has shared his knowledge of reggae from coast to coast. He is the world’s premier archivist and collector of reggae memorabilia, and brings the best of his in-depth interviews with such reggae legends as Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, and “Toots” Hibbert to this unique scrapbook.

Covering topics such as “Roots and Ska,” “Rock Steady,” “The Golden Age,” “Rockers, Digital and Dance Hall,” and “Internationalization,” and supplemented with sidebar features on historic figures, styles, and events, The Reggae Scrapbook demonstrates the bold statement made by the rise of this irresistible musical and social force. Already the book is gaining powerful critical comment - "Rich in political, religious and herbaceous context, this lively package is primer for the uninitiated and treasure trove for the fan," raved the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Editorial Reviews

Baz Dreisinger
…a dazzling homage to the music and its birthplace. Simon's magnificent photos are interspersed with his and Steffens's text—historical morsels, interviews with reggae greats, frontline reminiscences about the music scene—and 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 next—Reggae stickers! An envelope of marijuana-themed postcards!—I felt like a keyed-up kid with a new toy.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Library Journal

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.
—Bill Walker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933784236
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 563,497
  • Product dimensions: 11.47 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Steffens founded the Roger Steffens Reggae Archives, the world’s largest collection of Bob Marley materials and other reggae memorabilia. Steffens is the co-host of the internationally syndicated Planet Reggae radio show and the author of several books on Marley and reggae history.

Toots Hibbert and his band, Toots and the Maytals, are ska and reggae legends. The winner of both a Grammy Award and the Order of Jamaica, Toots has toured and collaborated with such bands as Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones.

Over the course of his nearly 40 year career, Peter Simon has covered an eclectic range of subjects documenting everything from the spirit of the free love and protest-filled 1960s and the greatest names in rock 'n' roll, reggae, and pop music to the action of major league baseball and portraits of the most celebrated personalities of our time.

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