Essay by James Haskins
|2002||Jump At The Sun||978-0786804795||English|
Grade 6 Up-This balanced work incorporates a brief history of Jamaica and of the Rastafarian religion, and includes mention of the controversial belief in smoking marijuana. Although reggae continues to spread around the world and be developed by African, Native American, and Australian Aboriginal musicians, it is deeply rooted in the ghettos of Kingston and other Jamaican cities and inspired by the message of hope Rastafarianism offers the urban poor. While Bob Marley was the musician who first drew worldwide attention to reggae, Haskins gives the many other performers and producers who contributed to its growth their share of recognition. Their inclusion makes this work especially valuable, since there are almost no books on the subject for this audience except biographies of Marley. Black-and-white photographs are included. The extensive endnotes for each chapter and the three-page bibliography will be helpful to readers who want to delve deeper. Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.