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Reggae : the story of Jamaican music
Bradley, Lloyd, 1955-
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Publication Information:
London : BBC Worldwide, [2002]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"Many of the interviews are the result of the BBC series ..."--P. 9.

Includes index.
Added Author:
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
ML3532 .B72 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
ML3532 .B72 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
ML3532 .B72 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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The story of Jamaican music - truly an urban folk music - that has conquered the world and rocked successive generations. Although it originated on the streets of Kingston, it has remained on the streets wherever it has roamed, London, Birmingham or New York.

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Library Journal Review

For anyone whose knowledge of reggae starts at Bob Marley and doesn't go much further, this well-written mini-coffee-table book will serve as an excellent overview of what came before Marley and what has evolved since his death in 1981. Much has been written previously about the earlier genres, such as ska, rock steady, harmony groups, and roots reggae, but this book shines in its very insightful descriptions of subsequent "toaster" deejays, ragamuffins, dance hall slackness, Bobo Ashanti (Rastafarian resurgence), and the latest revival of conscious, uplifting lyrics. The book shows how the spirit of reggae keeps reinventing itself over and over again, which keeps it vital to Jamaicans. Recommended for all reggae collections.-Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Story of Jamaican Musicp. 6
Chapter 1 Why Ska?p. 10
Chapter 2 The People's Radiop. 24
Chapter 3 Sweet Harmoniesp. 36
Chapter 4 Forward the Bassp. 46
Chapter 5 Cultural Timep. 56
Chapter 6 The Tuffest of the Tuffp. 72
Chapter 7 Toasters, Boasters and Righteous Preachersp. 86
Chapter 8 Dub Crazyp. 98
Chapter 9 Great Britainp. 106
Chapter 10 Raggamuffin Timep. 120
Chapter 11 Beyond the Basslinep. 130
Chapter 12 A Return to Rootsp. 142
Where Next?p. 154
Picture Creditsp. 158
Indexp. 159