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Jamaican Popular Music,
from Mento to Dancehall Reggae
A Bibliographic Guide

By John Gray

Price: $99.95
Binding: Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-9844134-1-6
455 pages
African Diaspora Press
Pub. Date: Mar. 2011

SUBJECTS
Music -- Ethnomusicology
Music -- Popular & Folk
Performing Arts
Area Studies -- Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Ethnic Studies -- Black/African Diaspora Studies

SERIES TITLE: Black Music Reference Series
SERIES NUMBER: 2

REVIEWS
"...the first comprehensive guide to resources on Jamaican popular music. Offers a wealth of resources for the student and scholar at any level." -- Latin American Music Review

DESCRIPTION
Despite its global popularity, reggae, and the myriad Jamaican popular music forms which led up to its creation, has long lacked a bibliographic resource that could assist its legion of fans, students and scholars. Until now.

Based on 15 years of research Jamaican Popular Music offers nearly 3700 entries on the evolution of the islandís commercial music scene from the calypso-like mento of the late-1940s and '50s to the roots reggae revolution of the 1970s and the dancehall boom of the 1980s and beyond. It also provides in-depth coverage of the musicís diffusion to more than 51 countries abroad along with a biographical section documenting the careers of some 800 individual artists, producers, dancers, filmmakers, and others. Sources range from fanzine interviews and newspaper reportage to scholarly theses and journal articles published in Jamaica, Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, and North and South America. Much of this material is cited here for the first time based on the authorís analytic indexing of some 150 arts, music, humanities and social science journals.

The result is a ground-breaking effort offering insights
into all aspects of Jamaican popular music and its local, regional and transnational impact.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I.    Cultural History and the Arts
II.   Popular Music in Jamaica
         General Works
         Genre Studies
             Dancehall/Ragga
             Dub
             Dub Poetry
             Jazz
             Mento
             Rastafarian Music
             Reggae
                Reggae Sunsplash
            Ska and Rock Steady
            Sound Systems and Deejays
III.  Jamaican Music Abroad
         Argentina
         Australia
         Austria
         Barbados
         Belgium
         Bermuda
         Brazil
         Canada
         Chile
         Costa Rica
         Cote d'Ivoire
         Cuba
         Finland
         France
         French Antilles
         French Guiana
         Germany
         Ghana
         Great Britain and Wales
         Indonesia
         Israel
         Italy
         Japan
         Malawi
         Mali
         Martinique
         Mexico
         Nepal
         Netherlands, The
         New Zealand
         Nigeria
         Pacific Islands
         Panama
         Peru
         Poland
         Puerto Rico
         Reunion
         Russia
         St. Lucia
         South Africa
         Sri Lanka
         Suriname
         Sweden
         Switzerland
         Tahiti
         Tanzania
         Trinidad
         Uganda
         United States
         Virgin Islands
         Zimbabwe
IV. Biographical and Critical Studies
Sources Consulted
Libraries and Archives
Appendix I:   List of Individuals and Ensembles by Idiom/Occupation
Appendix II:  List of Individuals and Ensembles by Country
Author Index
Subject Index

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOHN GRAY is director of the Black Arts Research Center in Nyack, New York. His previous publications include African Music (1991); Fire Music: A Bibliography of the New Jazz, 1959-1990 (1991); Blacks in Classical Music (1988); Blacks in Film and Television (1990); Black Theatre and Performance (1990); and, Ashe, Traditional Religion and Healing in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora (1989), all published by Greenwood Press.


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