Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King
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 KingUser 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
Review: Bass Culture: When Reggae Was KingUser 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