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  - Laura - Goodreads

Loved it. Not just a history of reggae, but of the social and political context which informed it. Nice to be able to realise the connections between artists I've only ever known about from their ... Read full review

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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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