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Encyclopedia of Reggae, The: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae [Paperback]

Mike Alleyne , Foreword by Sly Dunbar
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20 Nov 2012
This heavily illustrated guide to reggae is a colourful, herbally endowed and sunsplashed history of one of the world's most popular musical styles. Reggae was born in 1960s Jamaica, a potent mix of such indigenous genres as ska and rocksteady plus R&B, jazz and traditional African rhythms. Before long, it had conquered the globe, influencing musicians from Britain to Brazil. The Encyclopedia of Reggae focuses on the music's golden age, from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s heyday of dancehall and features more than 500 images, including rare album art and ephemera. Written by one of the foremost experts on the subject, this amazing resource profiles more than 200 key performers, impresarios and producers from reggae's history.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (20 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402785836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402785832
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 23.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reggae has been evolving and growing in popularity since the early 1960s. Alleyne's (recording industry, Middle Tennessee State Univ.) authoritative look at the entire genre includes comprehensive articles on 25 major reggae stars and features 14 sidebars explaining everything from dub to dancehall. David Moskowitz's "Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady and Dancehall" offered a good start on this subject, but its solid information was paired with only a few black-and-white photos. This new book is much more visually appealing, in full color and with vibrant four-color artwork that makes it a fun browse as well as a useful reference title. VERDICT: This well-written and informative book covers most, if not all, of the main performers of reggae's golden era, and should be included in all comprehensive music and reggae collections." --"Library Journal"

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Mike Alleyne is a journalist, music critic and professor specialising in the cultural and economic history of Caribbean music. He teaches in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University and has written for countless magazines and newspapers on reggae's musical and historical roots. Alleyne is a frequent lecturer around the globe on the modern impact of Caribbean music and has contributed to the Grove Dictionary of American Music.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money 8 April 2013
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I didnt realise this was the same format book as the punk encyclopedia...some great photos & informative text.....clearly a labour of love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt, and nicely illustrated 21 Jan 2013
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3 stars for the text, 4 for the pictures, 3 and a half stars overall, nudged up to four by the price.

Over the years Enclyclopedias of reggae artists have been mixed, to say the least. Colin Larkin's Guinness Who's Who and later Virgin Encyclopedia were a reasonable baseline, but with many errors. David Moskowitz's book repeated most of these errors and introduced some new ones, some of them shocking. Dave Thompson's 'Reggae & Caribbean Music' is far better in terms of quality but limited in scope regarding reggae. The Rough Guide is excellent on the history of the music but lacks detail on many of the artists. So now we have Mike Alleyne's attempt and having skimmed through it I would say that it isn't bad, and is certainly better in many respects than some that have gone before. Yes, there are some inexplicable exclusions (and inclusions for that matter) but at least what is in their comes closer to being correct than the previous books mentioned above. I would guess that he cast his net wider than some in terms of sources used for research. Having said that, given the ease of accessing information on reggae artists now that there is so much on the internet, his research could have been better. The 'Select Discographies' are probably best ignored, and the 'top 10' lists at the back should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt (Aswad's 'Don't Turn Around' one of the 50 best reggae singles of all time anyone? Thought not). Where this book really stands out from others is the visual side - it is richly illustrated with photographs and record sleeves, and it's one of the best looking books on reggae you can buy. Having said that, it would have been better without the picture of Native on page 198.
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3.0 out of 5 stars clunky 31 Dec 2012
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On the plus side the E of R disregards ragga and related garbage and skims dancehall Good call!(and take note Rough Guide - cut out the slackness and the digi!!) In fact it concentrates on the era I most like, 1970-85 I suppose. There's some really good photos and the layout is very sweet and interesting.
There has been a real shortage in the field since The Rough Guide was last updated way back in 2007. However...
Would any serious reggae lover give (much) more space to the history of Eddy Grant rather than Culture? And there is no rationale behind the 'select discography' Why only three Culture albums stated here? Other rubbish gets lists of albums, it appears scattergun to me, almost as if the writer were a bit clueless and that like.
It seems as though every minor British chart 'hit' merits a biography whilst The Gladiators for example rate not a mention! Shocking!
Personally I give little kudos to Greyhound and some of the other lame choices and would prefer Sinead O'Connors Throw Down Your Arms (excellent)or Prince Fatty rated.
The Lee Scratch Perry write up was okay but why hardly a mention of the Black Ark singles he produced For many, myself included, these are the pinnacle of not only his own but the entire reggae catalogue.
Clunkily written, there is an obsession with facts being verified. On these very grounds the author writes he has thus excluded Wailing Souls critique entirely!
I am a big big reggae fan and I still like the book despite it being poorly written but I feel a complete revision is needed if it gets another print run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Cool! 8 April 2014
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I suggest the title should be: "The illustrated encyclopedia of Reggae"... as the pictures of artists, record labels, studios, musicians, record shops etc. deserve a 5 star rating. Text is good, four stars I would say. But writing an encyclopedia is extremely diificult I can imagine, and I know a lot about the Jamaican music scene, so I can spot what's missing. Especially interesting are the 'sidebars' (multiple pages each) on interesting topics like 'rastafarianism', 'kingston' (with a great picture of the Channel One recording studio on Maxfield Avenue) and the important 'Chinese Jamaicans', who kept and keep the Jamaican music industry and export going. This colourful book belongs in every collection or on every coffeetable, just pick it up a few times a day and read a few pages. Cool and Relaxing!
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