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About the Book
As the world evolves and things within our realm changes every day, we have to adapt to the
reality that the only constant thing in life are changes. In this technological era that we
now live, there has to be ways to recapture the past, archive it and preserve it for the future.
If we don’t know our past, we can't deal with the present and we definitely will not be prepared
to deal with the future.
In the 80s Dancehall – Reggae Recall, is focused on the sub-genre of Reggae music
known as DANCEHALL. This book is a positive recollection of the entertainment aspect of
the music in the 1980s throughout Jamaica West Indies and its connection to foreign countries.
Dancehall, as outlined in this book, focuses on the way we know it as "a way of life." It is
a culture that was created to fulfill the need for entertainment among the minority and the
poorer class of Jamaicans. Rooted in the ghetto, dancehall has emerged to become an Industry
spanning several continents around the globe.
The 1980s era was the decade referred to by many older dancehall fans and entertainers as the
time "when dancehall was nice." It was also the years of some of the most significant changes
in the dancehall. For example: Sound Systems which is the heartbeat of the Dancehall, became
more equipped from the transformation to the new digital age and computerized rhythms began
appearing on turntables.
*Website Hardcover book purchase
includes 2 audio CDs with live recording from Dancehalls of the 80s. Books will also be signed by the Authors.*
Unique among books covering the dancehall phenomenon, this engaging work provides
an introductory overview and then delves deeply into the (mostly) Jamaican soundsystems
that defined the era. While most previous works have dealt exclusively with the artists,
studios and recordings, this book is rooted in the live presentation of a music whose
very name indicates its root in performance. The authors know their stuff, and have
a clear love for the music and the culture. Separate essays dealing with various aspects
of the music close the book, but the heart of the text opens the gates to the various
sounds like Black Scorpio, Jack Ruby Hi Power, Arrows, Volcano, Metro Media, Stone Love
and many many more. The book includes two CDs and is an indispensable work for those who
collect and trade soundsystem tapes or want a better understanding of one of reggae's most
— Anthony Postman, Editor - Reggae Festival Guide Magazine
Who cork di dance? Let this book take you back in time and tell you,
as soon as you pick up this book you instantly enter a warp into Real
80s Dancehall music which cannot be emulated by listening to cassettes.
The authors cover everything in Dancehall culture from the heartbeat being the
sound systems, the pulse being the lyricists, to even the Peanut Man and Soupie.
Never before have I read such an in depth insight into the Culture of 80s dancehall
music leaving no stone unturned. You learn how sound systems would string up, the
sounds from the 80s and thier artists, classic venues where BIG dances where held,
but mainly the CuLTuRE in its entirety! This is a must read for any LOVER or FAN
of any era of Dancehall music as the 80s is what's known as the FOUNDATION. Read
this book and you will find out why.
— DJ Vase, London, UK
I bought this book and got the 2 CD's with it. "DAMN" what a good book and worth
the money)!! My cousin from UK told me about the book/CD's and sent me the link.
I ordered it and I learned what Reggae & Dancehall is all about. Now I can talk
the talk and make people that think they know their stuff look like the Bull Sh*ters
most are. Reggae is a true art that you can learn all about from this material.
If you like Reggae I recommend u get this book and the CD's that come together. Happy shopping brothers…
— Mark S from New Jersey/Americas
Cool Book Man! My son is reading it as well. When is part 2 coming out?
— Joseph, out of LA.
The book is great with all the Info u want to know about. I like the pictures
as well, good deal for the book and cd's…
— Keith, Brooklyn/NY