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Bass Culture - Quand le reggae était roi

SKU: 9791030405620


This book is written is French. “We've been waiting for a book like Bass Culture for a long time, but it was worth it. This book treats the popular music of this tiny Caribbean island as seriously and intellectually as any other musical form while never losing sight of the spirit, strength and joy that went into it. This book knows that reggae is a serious subject but never forgets that you must be able to dance to it. Reggae music finally has the book it deserves. ” (Prince Buster)

Through Bass Culture, Lloyd Bradley delivers the exciting and passionate history of Jamaican music, with its sociological, political, economic and spiritual backgrounds, from 1950s sound systems to ska and rocksteady, to Bob Marley's success and beyond. He analyzes the musical evolution of a genre, which took its source in calypso, acquired its autonomy and became one of the most original and fruitful forms of contemporary popular music. All the great protagonists of this adventure give their testimony here: Prince Buster, Horace Handy, Bunny Lee; we meet the mythical figures of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and many others. Beyond the music, it is a paradoxical culture that is described here, as well in Jamaica as in England, where extreme violence (the street fights of the rude boys) and deep spirituality mingle.

Lloyd bradley
17x22 inch
640 pages
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