3 new Small Axe Bookzines
3 NEW SMALL AXE BOOKZINES
From the late 1970s up till now, reggae writer and musician Ray Hurford has been responsible for some great contributions to the writings about reggae music.
During 1991-1992 he put out 20 issues of the Small Axe Files, which focused on one artist or aspect of reggae in every issue. Earlier in 2017 he returned to that concept, now however in the form of friendly priced wicked 50 page Small Axe bookzines, which will always come out in a series of 5 titles. The first 5 Small Axe Bookzines featured articles about King Tubby, Culture, Junior Byles and Reggae 68-71 plus an interview with Jah Shaka. The next 5 handy Small Axe Bookzines featured interesting interviews with Leon Lieffer of the vocal group The Blackstones and Roy Cousins (producer and member of legendary group The Royals) plus articles about Freddy McKay, George Faith, and deejay originator U Roy. The intention was to follow up these 10 issues with bookzines that feature interviews with Barrington Levy, Junior Delgado, Alpheus, Henry “Buttons” Tenyue akaMatic Horns plus an article about Reggae George. They however are put on hold. So now there are 3 new ones featuring classic interviews with Bob Andy, Willi Williams and Dennis Alcapone.
Bookzine #16 features a great interview with Jamaican singer Bob Andy telling about his time at Studio 1 with Coxsone, as member of The Paragons, duets with Marcia Griffiths and his solo work, while #17 has ‘Armagideon Man’ Willi Williams talking about his time at Studio 1, his huge hit “Armagideon Time” working with Yabby U and his solo work. And then there’s #19 with legendary Jamaican foundation DJ Dennis Alcapone talking with Small Axe author Ray Hurford about working with Studio 1, Duke Reid, Lee Perry, Keith Hudson, Striker Lee and the whole nine yards. As usual these bookzines are 50 pages with photos and graphics.
Excerpt from Small Axe Bookzine 16 – Bob Andy :
“And I was listening to King Stitt who was then DJ for Coxsone Sound at the time, number one set, cause these guys had one, two, three, four sets. So I was sitting smoking a spliff. Suddenly I was hearing myself as a solo artist on a big box. And it sound good, and I said that’s “I’ve Got To Go back Home”. It was like… it wasn’t the herb even though I just started smoking herb, I wasn’t charged out of my mind… The guy played the tune seventeen times! And people are hands on shoulders marching like trains! I’ve never seen it done to any other record and I’m trying to find someone i know to say do you see what I see. It was never released as a single either!”