Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae

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A groundbreaking and comprehensive history of reggae, with firsthand accounts by reggae's most prominent and popular figures.

Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae is an original, in-depth look at one of the most influential music genres. Through exclusive interview material and previously unpublished photographs, David Katz brings to life over one hundred of reggae's most important artists, including Toots and The Maytals, The Melodians, the Skatalites, and the Wailers ...

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Overview

A groundbreaking and comprehensive history of reggae, with firsthand accounts by reggae's most prominent and popular figures.

Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae is an original, in-depth look at one of the most influential music genres. Through exclusive interview material and previously unpublished photographs, David Katz brings to life over one hundred of reggae's most important artists, including Toots and The Maytals, The Melodians, the Skatalites, and the Wailers Band, Augustus Pablo, Culture, Sugar Minott, Cocoa Tea, and Frankie Paul, who speak for the first time about their roles in the music's progression. From the pre-ska years of the late 1950s to the dawning of the digital age in the mid-1980s, Solid Foundation charts the evolution of ska, rock steady, traditional and untraditional reggae styles, and the sub-genres of dub, deejay, and dancehall. The book is largely drawn from conversations Katz conducted with the architects of Jamaica's popular music, and with perceptive and detailed commentary, he celebrates the creativity and individuality that have made reggae music one of the most popular contemporary styles throughout the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582341439
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/2/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

David Katz is author of one previous book, People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee Scratch Perry, a contributor to The Rough Guide to Reggae, and a contributor to the forthcoming A Jamaican Tapestry: The Best of Skywritings. His writing and photographs have appeared in many different international publications, including The Guardian, Mojo, Rhythm and the Beat. He has coordinated and annotated several retrospective collections of Jamaican music, released an original record in France, and has co-hosted reggae radio programs on three continents. Originally from San Francisco, he currently lives in London, where he sometimes deejays at select night spots.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Boogie Rock: Sound System Culture and Jamaican R&B 1
2 Celebration Time: Authentic Ska 31
3 Take It Easy: Cool Rock Steady 65
4 Feel the Rhythm: Ribald Early Reggae 97
5 Blood and Fire: The Prophetic Sound of Early Roots 135
6 Merry Up: Deejay, Dub and Other Innovations 163
7 Deejay's Choice: The Further Ascent of the Toaster 191
8 None Shall Escape the Judgement: The Flyers and Rockers Styles 209
9 Natty Dread Taking Over: The Ultimate Rise of Roots Reggae 233
10 Oh Lord: Deejays and the International Pinnacle of Roots 267
11 Nice Up the Dance: Dub Poetry and Dancehall Rub-a-Dub 293
12 Under Mi Sleng Teng: Bringing Dancehall to the Brink of Digital 329
Notes 349
Select Bibliography 357
Index 359
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