Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae

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9781582341439: Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae

A groundbreaking and comprehensive history of reggae, with firsthand accounts by reggae's most prominent and popular figures.

Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae is an original, in-depth look at one of the most influential music genres. Through exclusive interview material and previously unpublished photographs, David Katz brings to life over one hundred of reggae's most important artists, including Toots and The Maytals, The Melodians, the Skatalites, and the Wailers Band, Augustus Pablo, Culture, Sugar Minott, Cocoa Tea, and Frankie Paul, who speak for the first time about their roles in the music's progression. From the pre-ska years of the late 1950s to the dawning of the digital age in the mid-1980s, Solid Foundation charts the evolution of ska, rock steady, traditional and untraditional reggae styles, and the sub-genres of dub, deejay, and dancehall. The book is largely drawn from conversations Katz conducted with the architects of Jamaica's popular music, and with perceptive and detailed commentary, he celebrates the creativity and individuality that have made reggae music one of the most popular contemporary styles throughout the world.

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About the Author:

David Katz is author of one previous book, People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee Scratch Perry, a contributor to The Rough Guide to Reggae, and a contributor to the forthcoming A Jamaican Tapestry: The Best of Skywritings. His writing and photographs have appeared in many different international publications, including The Guardian, Mojo, Rhythm and the Beat. He has coordinated and annotated several retrospective collections of Jamaican music, released an original record in France, and has co-hosted reggae radio programs on three continents. Originally from San Francisco, he currently lives in London, where he sometimes deejays at select night spots.

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'The wealth of detail is mind-boggling - you almost want to study every paragraph twice. Take a bow, Mr K, this is a cracking read' Mojo 'The definitive history of reggae told through 100 exclusive interviews with the genre's greatest innovators' Sunday Herald

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