New York: Schirmer Books, 1997. First Edition. First Printing. Paperback. USED - Very Good. Light edgewear and some scuffing to wrap. Foxing to edges and interiors of wrap. Clean, unmarked, tight. Bibliography. Index. 15.3 x 23.3 cm. 290 pp. Item #13727
Identity. Politics. Religion. The collective voice of an island people.
Survival. Liberation. Slackness. The Jamaican musics that are reggae engage the global milieu and breathe fire red, ganja green, and mellow gold into the World Music rainbow. How did these rootical sounds emerge from mento, ska, and more? What us the the context and the legacy of Bob Marley? Where do we find the dread vibes, the dub, the ragga, the dancehall? Who have been the outstanding artists - the Skatalites and Jimmy Cliff, King Tubby and Buju Banton - and the legendary Jamaican record producers? in Reggae, Rasta, Revolution, hear the other half of the story as it is told back home in Carribbean newspapers, in music fanzines, and in various cultural and academic forums. So all you rudies --- get your schooling!
The history, in documents, of reggae music. The first ever anthology on the Jamaican popular music forms that have changed the shape of Western popular music. Beginning with Bob Marley, the pioneering breakthrough reggae artist, the book explores the roots of Jamaican pop from mento, ska, calypso, and rock steady. Profiles of roots pioneers such as Toots and the Maytals, the Skatalites, and Jimmy Cliff, as well as less-heralded, more militant figures such as Mutabaruka and Brother Resistance, will be drawn from both Western and Third World sources (Caribbean newspapers, political pamphlets, etc.) to document the evolution of the music from before Bob Marley and beyond. A final section looks at current related musics-- rapso, dancehall, dub--and examines reggae's connections to worldbeat, rap, and jazz. Chris Potash compiled the "Jimi Hendrix Companion" (Schirmer Books, 1996) and is a music reviewer for the "Miami Herald."