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Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
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Narratives from Beyond the UK Reggae Bassline

The System is Sound

Editors: Henry, William, Worley, Matthew (Eds.)

  • Explores the history of reggae in modern Britain, from the time it emerged as a cultural force in the 1970s
  • Asseses how reggae’s influence permeated the wider culture, informing the sounds and the language of popular music whilst also retaining a connection to street-level sound systems
  • Traces reggae’s importance to both the culture and the politics of late twentieth and early twenty-first century Britain
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This book explores the history of reggae in modern Britain from the time it emerged as a cultural force in the 1970s. As basslines from Jamaica reverberated across the Atlantic, so they were received and transmitted by the UK’s Afro-Caribbean community. From roots to lovers’ rock, from deejays harnessing the dancehall crowd to dub poets reporting back from the socio-economic front line, British reggae soundtracked the inner-city experience of black youth. In time, reggae’s influence permeated the wider culture, informing the sounds and the language of popular music whilst also retaining a connection to the street-level sound systems, clubs and centres that provided space to create, protest and innovate. This book is therefore a testament to struggle and ingenuity, a collection of essays tracing reggae’s importance to both the culture and the politics of late twentieth and early twenty-first century Britain.

About the authors

William 'Lez' Henry is Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of West London, UK.
Matt Worley is Professor of Modern History at the University of Reading, UK and a co-founder of the Subcultures Network.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: Narratives from the Bassline

    Pages 1-5

    Henry, William ‘Lez’ (et al.)

  • Vexed History: Time and the Waning of Heart-I-Cal Philosophy

    Pages 7-28

    Gilroy, Paul

  • Reggae Culture as Local Knowledge: Mapping the Beats on South East London Streets

    Pages 29-57

    Henry, William ‘Lez’ (et al.)

  • A Who Seh? Reflections of a Lost and Found Dub Poet

    Pages 59-83

    Glynn, Martin

  • ‘What a Devilment a Englan!’ Dub Poets and Ranters

    Pages 85-100

    Wells, Tim

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narratives from Beyond the UK Reggae Bassline
Book Subtitle
The System is Sound
Editors
  • William Henry
  • Matthew Worley
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55161-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55161-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55160-5
Series ISSN
2730-9517
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 320
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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