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Photographs by Peter Simon
From its birth in the vibrant Kingston ghettos of Jamaica through its phenomenal popularity in the 1970s to its iconic standing in today’s global culture, reggae and its close relations—ska, rock steady, dj, dub, dancehall, and raggamuffin—have taken the world by storm. In The Reggae Scrapbook, scintillating words and images propel our appreciation of Jamaican music into the 21st century.
Covering topics such as “Roots and Ska,” “Rock Steady,” “The Golden Age,” “Rockers, Digital and Dance Hall,” and “Internationalization,” and supplemented with sidebar features on historic figures, styles, and events, The Reggae Scrapbook demonstrates the bold statement made by the rise of this irresistible musical and social force.
Includes the following special features:
Roger Steffens (“Ras RoJah”) is the founding editor of The Beat. He has hosted hundreds of local, national, and international radio and television programs, including his own Los Angeles radio show, Reggae Beat. His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and many more.
Peter Simon is a widely exhibited, award-winning photographer and author of many books including Reggae Bloodlines and Reggae International. Simon’s work has been featured in many national publications including Newsweek, the New York Times, and Rolling Stone.