Soul Jazz Reggae 45 Sound System - A Visual History of Jamaican Reggae 1959-1979
Possibly the most authoritative source in academic reissue culture, Soul Jazz has just released this expansive, 500 page picture book celebrating 20 years of Reggae 45 label art.
There is little debate over the impotance of the Reggae 45. Even more so than the full length album, the 45 was the benchmark of Jamaican soundsystems and served to deliver “the word” to just about every corner of the globe. What’s more, it was these very singles and their labels that determined a DJs worth and credibility.
Curated by Steve Barrow (Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), the book is so much more than just pictures. Ample text has been spilled on these pages, giving an indepth history of one of the hippest, coolest and righteous scenes the world has ever known.