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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New illustrated French book "LE REGGAE" by Bruno Blum

France's best known writer on Jamaican music publishes an augmented, revised and illustrated edition of his classic book "LE REGGAE", which has already sold 70.000 copies in previous non-illustrated editions.

PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 16, 2010 – "Le Reggae" is the basic French reference book on reggae.

It can be seen here: LE REGGAE

It was written by Bruno Blum aka Doc Reggae, the best known French writer on Jamaican music.

Originally published in 2000, it has remained unavailable for several years. This new augmented edition at Le Castor Astral ( includes a foreword by world famous Jamaican musicians Sly & Robbie, several additions in the folk, mento, Rastafari and history chapter 1, and two dozens photographs and illustrations, most of which previously unpublished. 

This 230-page pocket book features a crucial reggae discography guide for buyers worldwide, as well as a bibliography.

Born in the 1960s in Kingston, reggae soon became an international music, synonymous with freedom and rebellion. Best known through the work of huge superstar and icon Bob Marley, this major musical genre evolved through time, from Prince Buster's ska to rocksteady, dub with King Tubby all the way to the birth of rap with U Roy or Dillinger. 

On this mysterious island arose Peter Tosh, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Jimmy Cliff.  Reggae keeps supplying new stars (Yellowman, Sizzla, capleton, Sean Paul) and new styles (Shabba Ranks' ragga, Buju Banton) in the hot air of the island's dancehalls. It has become an internationally influential music through its inventions (rap, remix, dub) and widely contributes to the sucess of non-Jamaican artists such as Serge Gainsbourg, Alpha Blondy, Manu Chao or Tiken Jah Fakoly.

"Le Reggae" is already present in many public libraries and universities, but there has been many requests over the years for a new edition. Here it is at last.

A musician and a producer, a specialist of Jamaican music and its evolutions, legendary journalist for Best magazine, Bruno Blum has recorded with Bob Marley's musicians. He has published several reference books on reggae, including "Bob Marley, le reggae et les rastas" (Hors Collection), as well "Lou Reed-Electric Dandy" (Hors Collection, "Punk-Sex Pistols, Clash et l'explosion punk" (Hors Collection) and "Le rap est né en Jamaïque" (Castor Astral).

Other books by Bruno Blum include:
Le Ragga (Hors Collection)
Jamaïque, sur la piste du reggae (Scali)

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