The Story of Jamaican Music
By Chris Salewicz and Adrian Boot
Introduction by Chris Blackwell
More than 400 illustrations, 250 in full color,
256 pages, 10 1/4 x 12"
US$49.50 / NOW $24.95
Reggae, a potent
blend of Caribbean folk, American rock 'n' soul, Rastafarianism, and
politics - is more than just a style of music: it's a cultural movement.
With more than 400 illustrations, many from the world's most comprehensive
reggae archive (based on Chris Blackwell's Islandlife collection), Reggae
Explosion charts the course of the rhythmic revolution that began on the
tiny island of Jamaica and took over the world.
In their exhaustively researched text, reggae authorities Chris Salewicz and
Adrian Boot tell the stories behind the distinct sound and capture the
contrasts that typify its birthplace: the poverty, societal strife, deep
spiritualism, and energy of Jamaica. Culled from the world's most
comprehensive collection of reggae memorabilia, hundreds of images -
including album and poster art, portraits of such greats as Bob Marley and
Jimmy Cliff, and concert stills - document the past 50 years of ska and dub,
dancehall, even drum 'n' bass.
The Beat: Go-Go's Fusion of
Funk and Hip-Hop
Kip Lornell, Charles C. Stephenson Jr.
|| Watson-Guptill Publications
|Pub Date :
|| July 2001
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|| $ 16.95
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|| $ 9.95
- The Beat: Go Go's Fusion of Funk and
Hip-Hop is unique among music titles. It is the first book to explore the
social, cultural, and musical phenomenon of African-American music largely
known for its spirit, its energy, and its vitality. Sometimes locally known as
"the most evolved form of funk," it is the funkiest form of black popular
music unembraced by the cultural mainstream, perhaps known as well in Europe
and the Far East as it is across the United States. But Good to Go is not just
about music, though music forms its core. Recognizing that music cannot be
separated from the culture from which it derives, the book is equal parts
black life, youth culture, local politics, the mass media, hip hop culture,
urban aesthetics, entrepreneurship, and the struggles of everyday life. In
short, it is a book about an expression of blackness, and a celebration and
reflection of life in the black neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. and Prince
Georges County, Maryland.
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