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Tighten up!: The History of Reggae in the UK Paperback – Illustrated, 5 Apr 2004


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd; illustrated edition edition (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860745598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860745591
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[a] lovingly compiled history of reggae in the UK in the 60s and 70s...trainspotter knowledge embellished by detailed archive research... -- Music Week, June 12, 2004

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This is a comprehensive overview of the overall reggae scene, containing a 12-track CD offering the best examples of reggae from this period.

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On 23 June 1948, the SS Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury and deposited 492 hopeful young Jamaican men, and a few women, into a post-war Britain that was grey, cold, rationed and short of workers. Read the first page
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By georgine on 2 Jan. 2014
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This is a really good book unfortunately it got lost in the post so had to use another site to get it as seller was out of stock, but definitely a good book for music lovers. My hubby couldn't put it down had lots of info that even he didn't know about and he knows alot. Get it if you can.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dunaelena on 31 Aug. 2011
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This is a highly comprehensive book on the subject, which gives the who, what, why and when of the British Reggae scene.
Thoroughly recommended both for people who remember it well and those who want to know more about the origins of and the important people in The Reggae Scene.
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Continuation of the important story... 15 Oct. 2008
By A. Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From my review in Scoot! Magazine:
Tighten Up takes over where Young, Gifted and Black left off. While there is a small bit of overlap, Tighten Up covers the burgeoning reggae scene that arose in the UK in the 60s. The book focuses on the Pama label and its founders, the Palmer brothers. While Pama was not the only UK reggae record label, it was probably the most central and many other record labels enter and exit the main story of how Jamaican music infiltrated the UK music industry and became a major contributor to its musical identity.

Since reggae was an extension of ska, Tighten does share some common ground with Young. Several of the artists are the same and certain chapter seemed to echo what was said in the earlier book. I enjoyed Young more than Tighten, perhaps because the later covers more of the reggae that bridged the gap between the reggae I like more- the 70's and 80's dub styles. Like Young, Tighten has comprehensive appendixes that only true collectors will find most useful: a full listing of the dozens of reggae labels and a lengthy Pama discography. While I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book and the insider views of the many artists interviewed, I still found Young to be a more entertaining read. However, much can be learned from the book and it takes the story of Jamaican music in the UK even further. The book comes with a companion CD which features 12 reggae songs from 1962-1977 including artists such as Rico's Combo, Joe Mansano, and Pama Dice.
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Where's the bloody CD? 23 May 2013
By Adaria Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
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That's my only complaint. I didn't realize when I purchased this book that it was without the CD it originally came with. Bummer for me. The book is great, very informative and a nice addition to my roots and culture library.
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