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Stir it up : reggae album cover art
Marrow, Chris.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
120 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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NC1882.7.R44 M37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Before the advent of music videos and CDs, album covers provided international audiences with a colorful invitation to the exotic, exciting world of Jamaican reggae. Stir It Up surveys this highly popular cover art, featuring rare and classic covers from the early ska era through the dancehall style of the '80s. While the cover art frequently reflects serious political and religious preoccupations, reggae's lighter side comes through in pictorial tributes to American Westerns, steamy dances, and smoke-wreathed spliffs. Interviews with the designers reveal the true stories behind Bob Marley's outlawed scratch 'n' sniff cover for Kaya, the mysterious fingerprints masquerading as Peter Tosh's on Wanted: Dread or Alive, plus many more fascinating anecdotes about some of reggae's most powerful covers. These classic reggae albums continue to sell as CD reissues and have had an amazing impact on musical styles from punk to rave to hip-hop. A celebration of the vibrant spirit of reggae music and style, Stir It Up will be cherished by fans of reggae and popular music everywhere.

Author Notes

Chris Morrow has been an avid collector of reggae vinyl since the late 1970s, traveling the globe in search of classic covers. He currently resides in the reggae oasis of Brooklyn, expanding his collection through his partnership in Soul on Top Records.

Table of Contents

Neville Garrick
Forewordp. 6
Introductionp. 8
Island of Jamaicap. 10
Ska, Rocksteady, and Early Reggaep. 14
A Divine Black Kingp. 22
Land of Africap. 38
Protestp. 44
The Healing of the Nationp. 58
The Good, The Bad, and The Upsettersp. 64
The Sistrenp. 70
Dancing Shoesp. 76
Behind the Sleevesp. 84
Select Discographyp. 116
Further Readingp. 119
Indexp. 120