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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (8 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846687616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687617
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Bass Culture:

'Bradley leaves no stone unturned in a coruscating rollercoaster ride through murder, major label gripes, ganja paranoia and racism, the first comprehensive history of every aspect of reggae

(Mojo)

A brilliant, comprehensive history of Jamaica's principal twentieth century art form, Bradley deftly intertwines the the key themes of the Caribbean island's chaotic music industry and its checkered social history. Essential (Q Magazine)

What makes Bass Culture such an absorbing read is how easily Bradley joins the dots between the music and the culture ... a fascinating exploration, expansive and exacting (Irish Times)

Dizzying in its scope yet at the same time meticulous in its attention to detail, written with passion, style and gusto (Independent on Sunday)

The most thorough attempt yet to tell reggae's whole story ... he is as attentive to the island's shifting social and political scene as he is to the gradual evolution of the music (Sunday Times)

An excellent account of the origins and development of reggae, skilfully locates each phase in the music's evolution and achieves this in an admirably lucid style (Independent)

In Lloyd Bradley's long-awaited history, the ghettos and the ganja are explored alongside Independence and international relations to produce the definitive account. An informed analysis and an intoxicating aural history (GQ)

Sounds like London is a must-read if you're into the history of black input into London club culture (Norman Jay MBE 2013-08-01)

Epic ... Sounds Like London is chock-full of fascinating, often forgotten characters ... a major work, and a worthy tribute to a vibrant and innovative culture. (Kevin EG Perry NME 2013-08-24)

I found myself riveted by descriptions of events and people I knew, but had never seen in print; even more so by what I learnt ... fascinating ... an honest and passionate celebration of not just the music, but the courage, tenacity and guile of the people who made it (Courttia Newland FT 2013-08-17)

Hugely entertaining ... full of stories of artists living fresh lives in the capital - and making themselves in the process such an intrinsic part of the British pop landscape. (Rob Fitzpatrick Sunday Times 2013-08-18)

Enlightening ... Sounds Like London is a major achievement ... Breezily written but always politically astute and critically sharp, it makes telling use of new interviews with important figures such as jazzman Russell Henderson and Eddy Grant. Enterprising radio commissioners should rush to give Bradley a regular show. (Sukhdev Sandhu Guardian 2013-08-24)

Illuminating ... The research and the interviews, as well as the author's comprehensive but lightly worn knowledge, elevate this book from being just a list of notable anniversaries and dry facts. Because of Bradley's background as a serious music journalist, he is well equipped for this kind of intensive curation and he never neglects the art of crafting a lovely sentence. (Bim Adewunmi New Statesman 2013-08-22)

Jam-packed with vivid stories and essential info that places the reader right where the action is (Lois Wilson Mojo 2013-10-01)

Meticulous and exhaustive, Sounds Like London is a hugely entertaining and informative look at how black music has shaped the musical output of the city over the decades ... on everything from drum and bass to steel drum bands, Sounds Like London is an informed and entertaining trawl through a fascinating topic. (Doug Johnstone Big Issue 2013-09-04)

Lloyd Bradley's gallop of a book is as much about social transition as music ... Bradley writes with panache ... this exceptional work can sit proudly beside the author's earlier Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King, the definitive account of the glory days of the Jamaican music industry. (Margaret Busby Independent 2013-09-21)

Sounds Like London, Lloyd Bradley's thoughtful survey of black music in the British capital ... Sounds Like London, a thoroughly enjoyable cultural history, captures the excitement and beauty of a music that changed the face of Britain for good. (Ian Thomson Sunday Telegraph 2013-09-22)

Meticulously researched and illustrated (Karl Dallas Morning Star 2013-10-09)

Bradley is the man for the job ... impressive (Jim Carroll Irish Times 2013-11-12)

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Scheduled for Radio 4 Book of the week - acclaimed writer Lloyd Bradley explores the influence of immigrant cultures on the capital's music scene

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I enjoyed this book enormously. It's extremely well-written and very thorough in describing how Black music has become established in London during the past 100 years. The writer obviously knows his subject and has gone to great lengths to talk to the performers who have contributed so much to the development of the music. I strongly recommend this book.
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Loved reading all about how Black music has helped shape culture in the capitol, especially as I was directly influenced by this music growing up in Finsbury Pk when Soul II Soul (from this area) was at their peak. Loved reading about all the genres that I've raved to over the years and reflecting on where it all came from and how it came about just added to my love and understanding of various forms of music from the African-Carribean London based community.
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Lloyd Bradley knows his stuff - well structured and fascinating read. Covers different genres but gives a real feel of how life and music has changed over the years too.
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This book captures the essence of the era and tells it like it is! or was in the seventies funk soul era of my youth.
A great read takes you down memory lane and brings a smile t.o your face
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