Boomkat Product Review:
New flexibound paperback edition on Soul Jazz Books / Records of this classic large format book - the definitive photographic book and essential guide to Jamaican Dancehall in the 1980s, featuring hundreds of amazing photographs with accompanying text, interviews and biographies. This book captures a previously unseen era of musical culture, fashion and lifestyle.
"Dancehall is a culture that encompasses music, fashion, drugs, guns, art, community, technology and more. Many of todayʼs music and fashion styles can be traced back to Dancehall culture and continue to be influenced by it today.
Born in the 1950s out of the neighbourhood soundsystems of Kingston, Dancehall grew to its height in the 1980s before a massive influx of drugs and guns made the scene too dangerous for many. Dancehall remains at the centre of Jamaican musical and cultural life. From its roots in Kingston in the 1950s to its heyday in the 1980s, Dancehall conquered the globe, spreading to the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Europe and beyond.
‘Dancehall’ is an essential reference book for anyone interested in Reggae, as well as a unique photographic and textual source book of the musical, cultural and political life of Jamaica. In the early 1980s, as Jamaica was in the throes of political and gang violence, Beth Lesser ventured where few other dared and this book is a never before seen record of the exciting, dangerous and vibrant world of Dancehall. Beth Lesserʼs book tells this story from its roots to its heights. Living in Jamaica in the late 70s and early 80s she photographed and documented a cultural explosion as producers, singers, DJs and soundsystems who all made a living out of the slums of Kingston. With unprecedented access to the incredibly vibrant music scene during this period, Beth Lesserʼs photographs are a unique way into a previously hidden part of Jamaican culture.'