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Jamaica is a small country in the Caribbean, 146 miles wide and populated by fewer than three million people Nevertheless, it has exerted a powerful hold on international popular music than any nation besides England and America From Prince Buster to Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry to Yellowman, Bob Marley to Shabba Ranks, reggae music is one of the most dynamic and powerful musical forms of the twentieth century And, as Lloyd Bradley shows in his deft, definitive, and always entertaining book, it is and always has been the people s music Born in the sound systems of the Kingston slums, reggae was the first music poor Jamaicans could call their own, and as it spread throughout the world, it always remained fluid, challenging, and distinctly Jamaican Based on six years of research original interviews with most of reggae s key producers, musicians, and international players and a lifelong enthusiasm for one of the most remarkable of the world s musics, This Is Reggae Music is the definitive history of reggae....

Title : This Is Reggae Music: The Story of Jamaica's Music
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ISBN : 0802138284
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Grove Press October 7, 2001
Number of Pages : 592 pages
File Size : 594 KB
Status : Available For Download
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This Is Reggae Music: The Story of Jamaica's Music Reviews

  • Johnathan Peart
    2019-01-22 23:10

    Lloyd Bradley manages to put the heart and soul of Reggae music into this book. The book works its way through Reggae’s growth and takes us along the ride making accounts of the origins and influence that created the genre. Beginning from its creating in the 1950 Bradley makes the reader nostalgic of a time they’ve never experienced through his use of detail. His explanation of the influence of violence and politics on music in Jamaica, as well as religious influences such as Rastafarianism keeps you entertained. The book is separated into four parts with each part separated into chapters. This organization allows themes and times to be more evident and allows for easier reading of the book. You often find yourself going through chapters longer than you thought you would because the flow is so natural.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-01-24 23:08

    I liked what the author stood for. He was sharing many interesting facts about the culture of a people through their music and other attributes related to them. By reading the book, one can tell more accurately about the Jamaican struggles of the musicians, and their determination to put into music their living conditions, schooling, friendship, among other factual data. The book is written well!

  • Ron Geida
    2019-02-06 02:11

    If you are a reggae fan, this is a must read. I was unaware of the re-titling of the book, but that said, it is still a great book. As a white guitar player who joined a roots type reggae band a few years ago, (sadly the band is no more) I thought I would educate myself about the music and history. I did myself right with this book. I found I knew more about the music and culture than many of my "Rasta" friends after reading this. I loved the 50's and 60's chapters regarding Buster, Tubby, and the Skatalites with the great Ernest Ranglin. The DJ culture. Thoroughly enjoyed all the 70's stuff too; hearing about Scratch Perry and the stories of the Black Ark was gold. And the British side with Steel Pulse, and all the influence of Jamaica on the Brit rock scene, etc, etc. The Marley info was good as well, as mostly 1 chapter. No disrespect to Bob, but it is certainly true that Jamaica's music and culture was very rich before him. Nice stories of the early days of the Wailers too. My reggae world is definitely more complete after reading this. Buy the book!

  • Scott McFarland
    2019-01-27 05:21

    Bradley set out to educate a newbie like me into the all of everything - the way Jamaica's history affected the musical trends, the economics and realities of the music scene, the evolution of the music - he did an awesome job. This was like a college course on Jamaican music, extremely well considered and presented.

  • Letticia R Howland
    2019-02-18 06:01


  • Muang Rangdangdoo Chief
    2019-01-30 02:15

    This book gripped me from the beginning and it didn't let go. I've always been a reggae and dub man, but the coverage of ska, rockstaedy, and the toasters greatly enhanced my music catalog--I had no idea what I was missing.

  • Marcos T. N. Andrade
    2019-02-20 01:21

    Terrível a mudança de capa e de título. Como "Bass Culure" tem o mesmo texto comprei essa versão americana mesmo. O livro é escrito em inglês britânico informal, o que torna bem difícil de ler.

  • babyboomer67
    2019-02-10 02:07

    The Bible of Reggae Music