On Wednesday 9 January 2013, Dub Me Always cordially invites you to the official launch of the revised and expanded edition of Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae, by David Katz, published by Jawbone Press.
Solid Foundation is 'the definitive history of reggae music' (Sunday Herald), spanning from the earliest sound system pioneers of the 1940s to the new stars of dancehall in the 21st century. Drawing on more than 350 first-hand interviews with the major figures of the music, this landmark book tells the fascinating story of some of the most compelling characters in Jamaican popular music. It features a diverse range of musical pioneers, including the Skatalites, Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd, and members of the Wailers band, plus deejay innovators such as U Roy and Big Youth, dub legends such as Augustus Pablo, Prince Jammy and Scientist, as well as dancehall giants like King Kong, Elephant Man, Beenie Man and Buju Banton. It details the entire evolution of Jamaican popular music, including ska, rock steady, roots reggae, dub, dancehall, ragga, and more.
First published in 2003, Solid Foundation was widely praised as 'a cracking read' (Mojo) and 'a necessary work' (The Wire). This fully revised and expanded edition brings the story into the 21st century with two new chapters on the key performers of recent times, and also has extensive additions throughout, with much firmer information about the early days of the Jamaican record industry, new interview material about the foundation dancehall period, and improved and previously unseen photographs throughout.
This event kicks off at 8pm with a special presentation by the publishers and author. Books will be available at a special reduced price, and the author will be on hand to sign them. The evening will continue with sweet reggae music, spinning as usual on original vinyl, until 11pm – all are welcome, and entry is free.