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4.0 out of 5 stars An inspired attempt to seriously document the rise of reggae
Lloyd Bradley is to be congratulated for this most readable and informative book. This is a serious and carefully crafted book that obviously reflects the author's love of post 60s Jamaican music.
Each genre within the broad church that is 'reggae' is treated in an in-depth manner and is brought to life by interviews with the surviving artists. You can almost smell...
Published on 26 Sep 2000

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2.0 out of 5 stars See the book, but read the music first
Guess Lloyd Bradley would be the ideal companion if you wanna discuss reggae music over a cup of coffee sometime, but as a writer he's got a long way to go. True, this book is wonderfully structured and it seems he's done his homework, as it features many prominent artists and producers. Sadly the author's own voice is either rather dull or rather annoying, as his...
Published on 25 April 2001


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2.0 out of 5 stars See the book, but read the music first, 25 April 2001
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Guess Lloyd Bradley would be the ideal companion if you wanna discuss reggae music over a cup of coffee sometime, but as a writer he's got a long way to go. True, this book is wonderfully structured and it seems he's done his homework, as it features many prominent artists and producers. Sadly the author's own voice is either rather dull or rather annoying, as his personal pet peeves pop up all along (Lee Perry is a genius, Bob Marley was overrated and England is a very important and creative reggae and music scene). Read this book if you're interested in the overall history of Jamaican music, and move along to something of greater depth afterwards such as the records themselves.
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2.0 out of 5 stars OKAY BUT NOT GREAT, 6 Mar 2001
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Not a bad book, but it doesn't cover all of Jamaican music. It seems the author only likes what was around when he was young. Hey, Lloyd do you think reggae died in 1980 or something?
For a really well written overview of Jamaican music from its beginning to its present state check out Reggae Routes, which is the real deal.
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT COMPREHENSIVE AND POORLY WRITTEN, 25 Aug 2002
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This review is from: Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King (Paperback)
Bigger isn't always better. Bass Culture may be thick but it covers musch less ground than Reggae Routes : The Story of Jamaican Music and is not nearly as well written. Yes there are some good stories here, but Bradley ignores the 1980s and 1990s almost completely, as if dancehall is not an integral part of Jamaican music. Furthermore he is far from a smooth stylist and this book is often heavy going. Anyone who reads Bass Culture thinking this was all there was to reggae would be sadly misinformed.
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