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Reggae Explosion

The Story of Jamaican Music

Essay by Adrian Boot, Chris Salewicz


2004 Arcana 978-8879663748 Italian
2002 HNA Books 978-0810981690 English
2001 Virgin Books 978-1852279257 English
2001 Editions du Seuil 978-2020501361 French

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Reggae Explosion is an exceptional celebration of cultural upheaval and artistic destiny, as well as a book no sincere fan of the music would want to be without." -Billboard Magazine Reggae, a potent blend of Caribbean folk, American rock 'n' soul, Rastafarianism, and politics, is more than just a style of music: it's a cultural movement. With more than 400 illustrations, Reggae Explosion charts the course of the rhythmic revolution that began on Jamaica and took over the world. Reggae authorities Chris Salewicz and Adrian Boot tell the stories behind the distinct sound and capture the contrasts that typify its birthplace: the poverty, societal strife, deep spiritualism, and energy of Jamaica. Culled from the world's most comprehensive collection of reggae memorabilia, hundreds of images document the past 50 years of ska and dub, dancehall, even drum 'n' bass.


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