November 12, 2012, at 9:43 pm

A thing called Tweetah

Reggae, grime and dubstep magazine Woofah folded a couple of years ago after only four issues. An fifth edition was planned but sadly never made it as far as the printers. There was plenty of material prepared for inclusion though, not least articles and interviews carried out by it’s founding editor and the man behind the Uncarved blog, John Eden.

John has collated this work into a small, photocopied effort which he’s christened Tweetah. … continue reading…

October 10, 2012, at 10:03 am

A Boss Book

Back in 1995 STP (Skinhead Times Publishing) published Boss Sounds: Classic Skinhead Reggae by Marc Griffiths. This was a time before the internet and unlimited access to ebay, youtube and reggae forums, indeed it was a time when there was very few books about reggae. Boss Sounds rapidly became the bible for lovers of early reggae and has been something of a legend ever since. Jump forward to 2012 and Marc Griffiths has teamed … continue reading…

June 16, 2012, at 8:23 am

The Complete: Keith Hudson

Out now as a PDF document on a data DVD, Keith Hudson: An Illustrated Discography.

Around 350 A4 size pages detailing every single, 12″ and LP release in Jamaica, the US and the UK including illustrations of nearly every different label variation and LP sleeve, details of rhythms, artist illustrations etc. There is even a highly detailed section on unreleased stuff from one off dubplates to planned LP’s that were never pressed. The … continue reading…

April 20, 2012, at 9:58 am

Read about the Rub-a-Dub Style

As a rule I don’t feature press releases here – what’s the point in rehashing stuff you can read in a dozen other places? But this is an exception – just too good not too mention…

A Gift to Jamaica: Beth Lesser’s new book to be available as a free Download Rub-a-Dub Style: The Roots of Modern Dancehall by Beth Lesser

With the release of their 1979 hit 45, Rub-a-Dub Style, deejays Smiley and Michigan … continue reading…

November 5, 2011, at 10:09 am

The art of Studio One

When I first heard that Soul Jazz were going to do a book of Studio One album covers I was quite excited. To get a full colour coffee table size book with dozens of large illustrations of Studio One LP covers is surely the stuff of dreams? No one would be mad enough to do it would they?

Well I’m glad to say they’ve done it and pretty damn good it is too. More than … continue reading…

August 22, 2011, at 10:46 pm

The Story Of Trojan Records – again?

When Trojan announced they were producing a “The Story Of Trojan Records” box set I’d have to say I was just a little underwhelmed, after all Trojan have been producing Trojan Story compilations since 1971, what would be different this time?

First things first. This set totals 123 tracks over five CD’s. It’s packaged in a smart box and comes complete with a 50 page book, four reproduction print/cards and a window sticker. Now the … continue reading…

April 12, 2011, at 12:31 am

The Legend Of Sugar Minott & Youth Promotion

Beth Lessers latest book published by Small Axe/Muzik Tree celebrates the life of Sugar Minott who died in July of last year. Like her previous book; King Jammy’s, this latest volume shows that Beth can present a story in a way that many other reggae authors can’t, from the perspective of someone who was there for at least some of the events she writes about and knew many of the characters involved.

Within the 200 … continue reading…

August 21, 2010, at 12:59 am

Scratch Sells

Lee Perry has long been one of the few Jamaican artists that will sell to a cross over audience with no great difficulty. This month has seen the release of a book, Lee Scratch Perry – Kiss Me Neck, and a double CD, Lee Perry – The Black Ark Years, that celebrate his works.

Jeremy Collingwood’s book tells the story of Lee Perry from the earliest days of his involvement in the Kingston music scene … continue reading…

August 14, 2010, at 10:25 pm

Forward Natty Dread

I’ve only ever been an occasional reader of the bi-monthly French reggae magazine Natty Dread, but when ever I have got hold of a copy I’ve always been really impressed. The only negative is that it’s all written in French meaning that looking at the pictures and listening to the free CD that came with each issue was always far easier than trying to read the articles.

Therefore it’s a real pity that the latest … continue reading…

July 11, 2010, at 10:35 am

Some natty pictures

The French reggae magazine Natty Dread celebrates it’s tenth anniversary with a photo magazine featuring high quality copies of dozens of the photographs they have taken in Jamaica over the last ten years.

With a weighty 80 pages in full colour this is a nice mixture of photographs of artists and less well known people that the Natty Dread crew have come across in their travels across Jamaica. Perhaps the only thing missing would … continue reading…