Item description for The Reggae Scrapbook by Roger Steffens, Peter Simon, Toots Hibbert & Stephen Davis...
Overview A survey of the history and meaning of reggae music in Jamaica and elsewhere profiles the leading musicians and offers vintage photographs and reproductions of flyers, posters, records and jackets, and other items.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 11.75" Height: 10.75" Weight: 3.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2007
Publisher Insight Editions
ISBN 1933784237 ISBN13 9781933784236
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More About Roger Steffens, Peter Simon, Toots Hibbert & Stephen Davis
Roger Steffens is a columnist, editor, and writer.
Roger Steffens currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Reggae Scrapbook?
A beautiful chronicle May 20, 2008
Jamaica is simultaneously an old country (a crucible of colonialism and slavery for 400 years) and a new country (only independent since 1962). Similarly, reggae is an old music, rooted in tradition (influences range from the griots of West Africa to the old testament) and a new, pathbreaking music (the originator of the term "reggae," Toots Hibbert (who wrote the book's forward), isn't old enough to collect social security, and what we know today as the "remix" was invented in a West Kingston ghetto). Jamaica isn't exactly a world power. But somehow, over 40 some-odd years, its music has spread from gullybanks and zinc shacks to the far corners of the earth.
If you get this book, you will understand why. Steffens and Simon are a "dream team" - a combination of the premier reggae critic and the top photographer. The book, which is conversational in tone, is jam-packed with interesting lore and arresting images of colorful people, places and memorabilia. It's a loving chronicle of a fascinating culture that the authors have been intensely involved with for 30+ years.
To top it off, the book includes a whole host of little "surprises" and a DVD that are themselves probably worth the price...
To be clear, the book has no pretensions of being a complete history of the music, so if you want (for example) a long exigesis of the skinhead/reggae association, as one reviewer mentioned, you'll need to look elsewhere. Rest assured that most fans will find the book enormously satisfying.
The bottom line: If you like reggae, you will love this book, and if you don't like reggae, you'll probably like it by the time you're through.
The REGGAE SCRAPEBOOK - A crucial "coffetable" book on Reggae! May 13, 2008
Roger Steffens, the world's premier Reggae archivist and founding editor of "Beat Magazine", with Peter Simon, an award-winning photographer and co-author of "Reggae Bloodlines" and "Reggae International", have put together a captivating visual and musical journey into the multicultural world that is Reggae Music. Steffens brings a lifetime of experience as a Reggae writer, broadcaster, collector and fan. From Roger we get fascinating in-depth interviews with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and Toots Hibbert as well as a chronological overview of historic figures, styles and events. With Simon's stunning images of Reggae's greatest artists and the Rasta culture this collection adds up to a most personal and insightful look into the Reggae Music Revolution. Included is a bonus dvd of Steffens interviews and a treasure chest of artifacts from his archives. An absolute must for any music lovers collection. It just doesn't get any better than the REGGAE SCRAPEBOOK!
Jack Miller Director of "DREADLOCK ROCK"-Reggae Documentary
Buy it if you are a serious reggae fan/aficionado Apr 12, 2008
As someone who has been involved in the reggae music scene for over 30 years, I recommend this book to those who want a real feel of the reggae pulse from the Golden Years. This is an enormously entertaining and informative book, filled with information, color, and zest for the world it addresses. The book is the brainchild of Roger Steffans and Peter Simon, two of the greatest and most knowledgeable reggae warriors of all time who are not native to Jamaica, and it brings forth not only a lot of information, but reproductions of a lot of the letters, ticket stubs, colorful record labels, old bumper stickers, promotional materials, etc., etc., from the Third World creative juices that is the reggae scene in Jamaica. The pictures from Simon are unparralleled, as usual. The guy belongs in the Reggae Hall of Fame as the top photographer for the genre, if they ever come up with a Hall of Fame. Be aware that the book does not pretend to be a comprehensive look at anything or the last word on any given topic. Not every star is included, or every movement within the music documented. Lord knows these authors could have done this if they wanted to but the point of the book is to bring forth the vigor and color and richness of the reggae scene through the rich momentos that they had available in their collections. If they did not have the momentos, they did not include the topic/person in the book. What emerges from these two authors/reggae legends in their own right is a lot of interesting material/grist for anyone's regggae mill and some wonderful items that you have never seen and will enjoy thoroughly. The book will also bring back a lot of memories for a lot of readers. It sure did for me! This is a fun book for those who want to get totally immersed in the reggae world for a few hours, and it is so unique with its reproductions of, dare I say, informational and promotional paraphernalia that you will be going back to the book time and time again because of the entertainment and wonderment value. There are enough texts on the reggae music business/world at this point that another one would probably not be so special. This book is special because it goes where no book before has gone. It brings the true reggae culture and music business to your living room. In summation, your collection will be missing something without this book.
Jah Rastafari ! Apr 6, 2008
Astonishing! Anyone into any kind of musical history will have nothing but the deepest respect for this 21st century multimedia presentation. I am "agog" at its depth and quality. I went through it's loving pages slowly. It's a volume of unparalleld significance. The writing, by Roger Steffens is so insightful and present. The photography by Peter Simon is so full of life. A must for any Reggae fan. It's beautiful! P. Michael Kolman
Ras Rojah at the Controls! Mar 31, 2008
A must have book for the Reggae fanatic. I have been listening to reggae since I first heard Bob Marley when I was a teenager. Since then I have gotten deeper and deeper into the music. I would scan liner notes searching for clues to get deeper into the music. Once I found Studio one I was off. This book to me is the ultimate jumping off point for the reggae student. It is full of culture and vibes that I will be sorting through for years to come. It is also an excellent book to have out on the 'coffee' table. Great to flip through. I have the feeling that this book is just the tip of the iceberg for Rojah and Peter. I hope there is another one on the way. Reggae has truly gone international....