Reggae 45 Soundsystem

Reggae 45 Soundsystem

The Label Art of Reggae Singles, A Visual History of Jamaican Reggae 1959-79

  1. Compiled by Steve Barrow
  2. Stuart Baker
  • ISBN 9780955481796
  • 27.00 x 21.00 cm
  • Flexibound PLC (no jacket)
  • 480pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2012
  • Distributed on behalf of Soul Jazz Records

'Reggae Soundsystem' is a new deluxe 200 page hard-back 12”x12” book featuring hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs that span the history of reggae music. The book is compiled by the celebrated author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/ Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).

Beginning in the 1950s, Jamaican music developed into one of the most important and influential music industries in the world. From its early Mento (Jamaican Calypso) beginnings through to the invention of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub and Dancehall, Jamaican music is also one of the richest and innovative veins in popular music.

This stunning hardback deluxe book is a timely look at the endless visual creativity of reggae record cover designs, iconic, classic, rare and unique artwork spanning sixty years of Jamaican sounds. The book includes a fascinating introductory essay on the history of reggae by Steve Barrow and the book is edited by Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records and editor of the book Dancehall, and cover art books on Bossa Nova, Freedom, Rhythm & Sound and Studio One Records).