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Jamaican Warriors: Reggae, Roots & Culture Hardcover – 29 Sep 2000

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd; 1st Ed. (U.K.) edition (29 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860743145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860743146
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Travel writer and historian Stephen Foehr examines the historical, cultural and political influences that helped an island of two million people create the international music phenomenon of reggae and its associated forms.

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A great insight into the beginning of reggae, how it began why it began and why it is still an important musical movement. Written by someone who has a sensitivity and understanding of the complexities of Jamaica and Jamaicans Finding a way to express there truth and experience of suffering from the beginning of slavery through colonialism up to today's still oppressive political system.
After reading this book you will not listen to reggae in the same way - but with a deeper understanding of the roots from where it digs deep to then sing out and reach as many people as it can. The rebellious fire burning and love sharing evangelical mission of the rastafari. A great read. Thankyou .
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4.0 out of 5 stars interviewing people and observing the culture relating to Jamaican music - a great book for those interested in Jamaican music 25 Jun. 2015
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Be clear that this book contains the Author's search for the roots of Jamaican music. He travels around the country visiting places, interviewing people and observing the culture relating to Jamaican music - a great book for those interested in Jamaican music, culture and history!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foehr Reaches Deep 18 Dec. 2000
By John Flynt - Published on
Stephen Foehr has an unequalled understanding of the spiritual and intellectual qualities of the people who have created the musical culture of Jamaica, and anyone who professes to have a complete library of the best books on this topic cannot afford to be without his book. From my perspective, it is the best book on the market today for people looking for an understanding of how Caribbean culture created one of the most distinctive musical genres of the twentieth century. What makes it superior is Foehr's ability to draw from decades of first-hand knowledge of his topic. He is not an anthropological field worker but a deep insider who works with the care and sophistication of the best anthropologists and musicologists. Add to this, however, that he is not an academic who is distanced from his subject by abstractions or a journalist on an assignment. He is close to the soul, and if you admire Jamaica and its culture, you will feel at home in the world depicted in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live Vicariously 15 Jan. 2001
By Steven - Published on
Take a vicarious trip to Jamaica with this book! Stephen Foehr travels to the heart of Jamaican culture, and meets with the people who helped form it. He leaves the safe tourist areas far behind and goes behind the scenes into the deep countryside and interacts with the denizens of some pretty dangerous places. Good book. Well researched historical perspective, but not so much that it is dry or reads like a textbook. Still this book would be a great for modern music history classes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jamaican warriors 13 Nov. 2000
By virginia cottingham - Published on
JAMAICAN WARRIORS is fascinating and though about music, the social/political tones are revolutionizing and nurturing my understanding of reggae. I feel as though I'm with the author and the warriors as the textual conversations and images are so inclusive. Such makes for rewarding reading and fast page turning. A multifaceted book whether music, Jamaica travel, or history be your love.
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