Young, gifted and black: the story of Trojan Records

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Sanctuary, Sep 1, 2003 - Music - 311 pages
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Recently resurrected and now enjoying chart success in the 21st century, when it was formed Trojan Records epitomised the punk DIY ethic over a decade before 1976. With a blizzard of individual labels and a marketing strategy that involved selling product out of the backs of vans, the company spearheaded the injection of reggae and ska into the vein of British youth consciousness.
In its first brief six-year incarnation, Trojan produced nearly 30 hit singles, created the legendary compilation series Tighten Up and launched new acts like Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Ken Boothe, The Pioneers, Bob And Marcia, Greyhound and Dave And Ansell Collins, all against a background of cut-throat politics, cultural division and prejudice.

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User Review  - kevinashley - LibraryThing

As the title makes clear, this book is a history of the Trojan record label (and its many offspring) in the UK. It's a lot more than that, though, and some of the extras make it excellent value for ... Read full review

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User Review  - D'arcy - Goodreads

A nice passover of the history, but few oral or personal accounts are detailed and leads this to come across as an extended research project rather than feeling the heart and passion of the music ... Read full review


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