Editions Allia

Babylon on the thin wire - Michael Thomas, Adrian Boot

SKU: 9782844855695

€ 6,20

This book is written is French.<br><br>Prove that you can run faster or jump higher or fuck longer or smoke more drugs or debate any point of detail with more Machiavellianism and bravery than anyone else, remain unmoved in all circumstances and never ever show the slightest flaw, to the point of being able to stop the traffic by the sole authority that emanates from oneself and kill the flies by the ferocity and intensity of one's gaze - to be the coolest and the most dangerous and the most refined of small strikes on Beeston Street - such is the daily showdown of the tough boys. We call it pressure.

Guns, weed, gangsters, the CIA, political intrigue, deaths, mystical rastas, in the tropics and of course, with reggae music. In the 1970s, Jamaica was boredom and, above all, fear. Bob Marley himself is no exception to this reality. When you ask him how a rastafarian from the slums dares to flaunt himself behind the wheel of a BMW, he does not dismantle: "BMW is a car designed for me, it is the abbreviation of Bob Marley and the Wailers. " Jamaicans find in the rasta movement a loophole in a schizophrenic society, the island facing high unemployment. Dread locks and kilos of ganja are just the counterparts of the dull anguish that pervades Jamaica through and through. Rastas are used to saying "Babylon on a thin wire", as the country is on the verge of implosion. At the same time, this is where reggae, ska and sound systems take root. We learn a lot about music, the recording industry, post-colonial conflicts and local expressions.


French
10 x 17 cm
96 pages
Editions Allia
2012

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