This Is Reggae Music by Lloyd Bradley
The Story of Jamaica's Music

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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 more 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.

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Lloyd Bradley is a classically trained chef and the author of "This Is Reggae Music, the best-selling story of reggae and Jamaican culture. He toured the United States with Parliament and Funkadelic in 1979; is one of the vocalists on Bootsy's Sweat Band album (the first album on George Clinton's Uncle Jam Records); and still has the baby clothes sent to his son by George and his wife when they declared themselves surrogate godparents.
Published October 7, 2001 by Grove Press. 592 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Although ambitious local singers soon issued their own crude recordings, which eventually gelled around the up-tempo “ska” sound, it was the once-scorned Rastafari subculture (rooted in the thwarted Black Nationalism of Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia) that transformed Jamaican music, becoming “never s...

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With flair, skill, passion and stamina, Bradley (Reggae on CD) fluidly traces Jamaican music's odyssey from the pure energy of 1950s Kingston's open-air sound system scene to the eruption of homegrown ska, the "smooove of Rocksteady," reggae's depth;

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