Beth Lesser : King Jammy’s book
When Bob Marley passed away in 1981, many fans outside Jamaica assumed that reggae had died with him. But as Beth Lesser’s intimate tour into the heart of reggae reveals, this couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Blaring along winding paths and blasting from the zinc-roofed shacks of Jamaica’s toughest ghettos, reggae was indeed alive. Ghetto-based sound systems – involving powerful homemade sound equipment, stacks of vinyl, and full of deejay crews- rocked local dancehalls and gave birth to a new golden age of Jamaican music. The ‘80s was the age of dancehall and Lloyd ‘Jammy’ James was King.
If you want to check the rise of dancehall music you can’t go wrong with this book. Besides the unique overview of the day to day runnings at King Jammy’s studio you’re told about the arrival of digital riddims in the Jamaican dance halls with of course the “Sleng Teng” starting it all.
This, and all other books written by Beth Lesser except Dancehall – The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture, can be downloaded free.
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