Ska: An Oral History

Overview

Before Bob Marley brought reggae to the world, before Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh, before thousands of musicians played a Jamaican rhythm, there were the men and women who created ska music, a blend of jazz, American rhythm and blues, and the indigenous music of the Caribbean. This book tells the story of ska music and its development from Jamaica to England, where the music took on a distinctively different tone, and finally to the rest of the world. Through the words of legendary artists, gleaned from more than ...

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Overview

Before Bob Marley brought reggae to the world, before Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh, before thousands of musicians played a Jamaican rhythm, there were the men and women who created ska music, a blend of jazz, American rhythm and blues, and the indigenous music of the Caribbean. This book tells the story of ska music and its development from Jamaica to England, where the music took on a distinctively different tone, and finally to the rest of the world. Through the words of legendary artists, gleaned from more than a decade of interviews, the story of ska music is finally told by those who were there.

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Editorial Reviews

Trojan Records
Excellent...fascinating interviews...hugely entertaining
Chesterton Tribune
Groundbreaking story...worthy tribute
Marco on the Bass
You'll definitely want this book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786460403
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Augustyn is a correspondent for The Times of Northwest Indiana, the state's second largest newspaper. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including The Village Voice, In These Times and The Humanist. She lives in Chesterton, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword Cedella Marley 1

Preface 3

1 Let the Good Times Roll Derrick Morgan Millicent "Patsy" Todd Lyn Taitt 7

2 Queen of Ska Doreen Shaffer Lloyd Knibb Lloyd Brevett Roland Alphonso Lester Sterling 34

3 Godfather of Ska Laurel Aitken 56

4 Passion and Revival Toots Hibbert 64

5 Big Man Judge Dread 73

6 Too Much Too Young: The Specials' Roddy Radiation 83

7 So Hot You're Cool: The Beat's Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger 109

8 More Than a "Three Minute Hero": The Selecter's Pauline Black with Millie Small 137

9 Welcome to the House of Fun: Lee "Kix" Thompson of Madness 151

10 Fat Bastard: Buster Bloodvessel of Bad Manners 163

11 Melting Pot 175

Bibliography 197

Index 201

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