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Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King Paperback – August 30, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (August 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140237631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140237634
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lloyd Bradley was classically trained as a chef but for the last 20 years has worked as a music journalist, most recently for Mojo - which he has just left with editor Mat Snow to launch a new men's magazine in Autumn 2000. He is the author of Reggae on CD. He lives with his wife and two children in Kentish Town, London.

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Malcolm Green (not his real name) is a journalist, author, and former employee of a Western government's secret service. At least, that's what he claims. He has worked with a number of top researchers, writers, and spies to collect the information that you'll find in this book. Malcolm lives in the London area, perhaps.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By zphage VINE VOICE on March 22, 2007
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At over 500 pages this thick little British import is an exhaustive survey of the Roots Rocker Era of reggae: '69 thru early 80's when dancehall took over.

The book begins with the birth of Jamaican music, and the rise of the sound systems. Ska, Rocksteady, then Roots Reggae are examined. Economics,and the rise of Rastafarism are woven throughout the story.

The various producers and their work are discussed, along with the importance of Britain as a sales base, and the emergence of Trojan.

Dub, DJ's, producers, singers, rhythm sections, etc are all discussed.

This very dense and packed with stories and information I cannot imagine anyone being disappionted as long as they realize this deals exclusively with the 70's roots era.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jredless on November 29, 2011
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I purchased Bass Culture after reading This is Reggae Music: The Story of Jamaica's Music also by Lloyd Bradley only to find that they are the same text with a different title and publisher. Don't let this sway you...read one of these titles!!! Bradley recounts the rich history of Jamaica's music culture in great detail including aural accounts from crucial purveyors.
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By Derek Burrell on December 23, 2013
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This is the defacto bible on Jamaican music and it's early evolution. This book is a phd. Lloyd Bradley wrote the book,I hope existed. Thorough and factual, a well made document.
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Absolutely fantastic details, highly recommended, puts the music into it's social context very well and provides good commentary on emigration from Jamaica.
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