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Young, Gifted and Black

The Story of Trojan Records

Essay by Laurence Cane-Honeysett, Michael de Koningh


2003 Sanctuary Publishing Ltd 978-1860744648 English

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Interviewing all who were connected to the label in its golden period, this book tells the story of one of Jamaica's key record labels, now undertaking a revival with a compilation hit album in the UK charts in 2002. Trojan Records was largely responsible for introducing reggae to the mainstream market. In its brief six-year existence, it produced nearly 30 hit singles, created the legendary compilation series "Tighten Up" and launched new acts like Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Ken Booth, The Pioneers, Bob and Marcia, Greyhound and Dave and Ansell Collins, all against a background of cut-throat politics, cultural divisions, prejudice and entrepreneurial pressure. "Young, Gifted and Black" is the label's official story, complete with a 12-track CD containing rare archive material from the Trojan vaults and extensive sleeve notes.


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