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“Reggae has been evolving and growing in popularity since the early 1960s. Alleyne's (recording industry, Middle Tennessee State Univ.) authoritative look at the entire genre includes comprehensive articles on 25 major reggae stars and features 14 sidebars explaining everything from dub to dancehall. David Moskowitz's Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady and Dancehall offered a good start on this subject, but its solid information was paired with only a few black-and-white photos. This new book is much more visually appealing, in full color and with vibrant four-color artwork that makes it a fun browse as well as a useful reference title. VERDICT: This well-written and informative book covers most, if not all, of the main performers of reggae's golden era, and should be included in all comprehensive music and reggae collections.” --Library Journal

About the Author

Mike Alleyne is a journalist, music critic, and professor specializing in the cultural and economic history of Caribbean music. He teaches in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University and has written for countless magazines and newspapers on reggae's musical and historical roots. Alleyne is a frequent lecturer around the globe on the modern impact of Caribbean music and has contributed to The Grove Dictionary of American Music. Dr. Alleyne works and writes in Murfreesboro, TN.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402785836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402785832
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fantastic book, with plenty of amazing pictures of reggae legends and information on the most influential personalities of reggae. Bad point it that is does not cover all artits. I didnt have had time to read it completely, but at a first look I noticed that in some profiles, the years in activity are WRONG!!! For example, at The COngos' profile, it's written "Years in activity: 1977-1980's". And it's perfectly clear for any reggae follower that The Congos are still in activity and recording many interesting albums while making tours around the globe (although they may have had a transitory break up in the 1980s). That's just to name an example, but I get afraid other information inside may be not acurate like that...
Anyway, just for the very nice pictures and layout, it's worth the value!!!
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A very good book for reggae fans - chock full of information and lots of great photographs. I'm not sure how the author rationalized the inclusion of somewhat obscure crossover groups like Native while leaving out a full section on the highly influential dancehall king Yellowman. Of course Yellowman isn't a roots artist, but the author didn't adhere strictly to the book's title and include only roots reggae listings. I'm glad he didn't, since there are many great sections on rocksteady and skinhead reggae artists like The Pioneers, Ansel Collins, The Paragons, Alton Ellis, and The Techniques. Definitely recommended.
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Whether you are new to reggae / Jamaican music or been a passionate listener for years this is a must have. Dr Alleyne does a fantastic job covering all the major players and those whose work time may have forgotten in one place. The real defining attribute to this book is the narrative written for each artist, producer, historical figure, etc. Unlike other genre overviews, The Encyclopedia of Reggae significantly benefits from the sole voice of Dr. Alleyne. There are no contradictions, long held but summarily disproved myths or over emotive descriptions. Each entry deftly lays out the who, what, when, where, why it is / they are significant and recounts the artists key discography. A fan and some what scholar of early Jamaican music myself, if found little to dispute over any lack of inclusions or over stated relevance. Rather, I read the book cover to cover and agreed with each choice, learned a lot of new information and realized there are quite a few hole in my record collection that need plugging thanks to this definitive account of reggae, ska, rock steady, dub, mento and Jamaican music.
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I bought several copies of this book for myself and friends for Christmas and am so glad I did. The book is a complete and very thorough, vibrant account of the history and evolution of Reggae music. A must own for any music lover!
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Reggae has had limited exposure in most of the United States. With the music's roots in r&b and its lilting rhythms, it's a bit surprising this is the case. This fine book will perhaps help. If nothing else, the great photos, including many fine color shots, make this book worth having.
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Wow. An honest-to-goodness encyclopedia of reggae. Fans of Jamaican music will eat up Mike Alleyne's, The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae. The book focuses on the '70s heyday of the music, with quick diversions into the earlier ska and rocksteady styles of the late '60s, and the digital revolution in the late '80s and '90s.

As reggae fans know, there are often multiple versions of albums, personnel, timelines, birth and release dates and credits. The author suggests this may be partially due to recording practices where musicians shuffled in and out and a general lack of record-keeping, mixed with faded memories 40 years on. Oh...and the ganja!

From the first entry of The Abyssinians to the final artist, Tappa Zukie, this book is a wonder to behold. To read the rest of my review or add your own review, visit allmusicbooks.com. It is stuffed with rare photos and album covers, it is a visual treat.
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