New book: Two Kings, King Edwards the Giant Sound System
Straight from the source and in their words, “Two Kings, King Edwards the Giant Sound System” is told by two brothers – George and Vin Edwards – and they reveal how they built their dominating sound in Kingston, Jamaica. The little-known stories, anecdotes, and successes of George and Vin Edwards are spotlighted in this dual biography of two prolific Jamaican sound system pioneers.
George and Vin Edwards walk the streets again in Kingston with you to share what it was like to hang out with Duke Reid, fight against Coxson Dodd, or win critical sound clashes. The answers lay within Jamaica’s mighty “Big Three” – King Edwards, Duke Reid, and Coxson Dodd.
Coming from the country in Saint Mary to Kingston, these two men made the earth rumble with their powerful sound system and changed Jamaican music forever. Their journey impacted the development of Ska, Rock Steady, and Reggae music. They helped form dance hall standards and participated in some of the first sound clashes. Rastafarian Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff were two young men among many who visited King Edwards’s record shop looking for opportunity.
George and Vin Edwards, now aged 94 and 90, have spent the last five years perfecting this book with author Rich Lowe. Discover how these two brothers influenced music and culture, horse racing, and politics. Why has King Edwards been edged out of the history books, and what ended their sound system reign?
“King Edwards, the Giant Sound System” marches forward with thunder. This book highlights two true cornerstones of Jamaican music and sound system history.