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Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King Paperback – International Edition, September 4, 2001
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Lloyd Bradley has been classically trained as a chef, is a regular marathon runner and was formerly Health & Fitness editor at GQ magazine and Consultant Editor at Men's Health and Runner's World magazines. He is also the author of The Rough Guide to Running and The Rough Guide to Men's Health.
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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.
History, social and political context, music and sound, atists ideas and influences, details of all the major players with the whos and whys -
If origins and growth of the Jamaican dancehall ska and reggae scene interest you this is your book - best to read with access to the original music - should come with a cd. Can be difficult to track down all the pieces but luckily it was done for me by a good friend. Enjoy.