Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 30, 2001 - Music - 608 pages
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The first major account of the history of reggae, black music journalist Lloyd Bradley describes its origins and development in Jamaica, from ska to rock-steady to dub and then to reggae itself, a local music which conquered the world. There are many extraordinary stories about characters like Prince Buster, King Tubby and Bob Marley. But this is more than a book of music history: it relates the story of reggae to the whole history of Jamaica, from colonial island to troubled independence, and Jamaicans, from Kingston to London.

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Review: Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King

User Review  - Rich Hill - Goodreads

Utterly indispensable for anyone wanting to gain a greater insight into the story of Jamaican music. One of the finest music books I have read, Bradley's passion for the subject spills out of every page. Superb. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy Simms - Goodreads

For fans and non-fans of reggae alike, a comprehensive history of the influential musical form the political landscape with which it's inextricably intertwined. Lovingly researched, it just needs a companion CD set. Read full review

About the author (2001)

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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