Friend of the label and esteemed author David Katz’s new book, Solid Foundation, is now available.
It is the ‘definitive history of reggae music’ (Sunday Herald), spanning from the earliest sound system pioneers of the 1940s to the new stars of dancehall in the 21st century. Drawing on more than 350 first-hand interviews with the major figures of the music, this landmark book tells the fascinating story of some of the most compelling characters in Jamaican popular music.
It features a diverse range of musical pioneers, including the Skatalites, Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, and members of the Wailers band, plus deejay innovators such as U Roy and Big Youth, dub legends such as Augustus Pablo, Prince Jammy and Scientist, as well as dancehall giants like King Kong, Elephant Man, Beenie Man and Buju Banton. It details the entire evolution of Jamaican popular music, including ska, rock steady, roots reggae, dub, dancehall, ragga, and more. First published in 2003, Solid Foundation was widely praised as ‘a cracking read’ (Mojo) and ‘a necessary work’ (The Wire).
This fully revised and expanded edition brings the story into the 21st century with two new chapters on the key performers of recent times, and also has extensive additions throughout, with much firmer information about the early days of the Jamaican record industry, new interview material about the foundation dancehall period, and improved and previously unseen photographs throughout.
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