This book is such a great read, I am so pleased that somebody had the ability and dedication to put together such a comprehensive book about reggae. Starting from the birth of sound system culture in the 1950's when they were playing strictly American R'n'B, this book covers the essential bits for ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, dancehall etc; also looking at the socio-political on-goings that perhaps caused the music to develop in a certain way. It also takes a good look into the reggae music scene in other parts of the world, mainly England, but also to a lesser extent the USA and parts of Africa (Nigeria loves the roots!).
I have not quite finished this book yet, but it has been one of the quickest I have ever read, as I just can't wait to fill my head with more fascinating info on King Tubby's studio, or Dennis Bovell and the UK scene, or some other crazy stuff about rastafari. The only issue I have with this book, is I sometimes found the socio-political stuff a little boring, but I think others would not, and I guess its essential to explain the situation in which a lot of reggae was created. I also wish there was more info on a lot of the roots artists. But still these are minor issues.... Lloyd Bradley has covered an immense amount of ground, and managed to fit it comfortably into 550 or so pages.
As most of the other reviews state, this is such a great book, and for any fans of any form of reggae, you will learn so much. You also get a great insight into how the reggae music industry worked... and that alone is so interesting as its nothing like the rock/pop side of things. BUY THIS! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!