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Women in Jamaican Music

Heather Augustyn (author)

ISBN: 9781476680958

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Paperback

As the ubiquitous Jamaican musician Bob Marley once famously sang, "half the story has never been told." This book covers the female contribution to Jamaican music and its subgenres through dozens of interviews with vocalists, instrumentalists, bandleaders, producers, deejays and supporters of the arts.
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As the ubiquitous Jamaican musician Bob Marley once famously sang, "half the story has never been told." This rings particularly true for the little-known women in Jamaican music who comprise significantly less than half of the Caribbean nation's musical landscape. This book covers the female contribution to Jamaican music and its subgenres through dozens of interviews with vocalists, instrumentalists, bandleaders, producers, deejays and supporters of the arts. Relegated to marginalized spaces, these pioneering women fought for their claim to the spotlight amid oppressive conditions to help create and shape Jamaica's musical heritage.
Illustrations 20 photos
Pages 242
Dimensions 254 x 178 x 12
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s History of the Americas   Gender studies: women   Reggae  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • One: Women in Jamaican Folk Traditions
  • Two: Orchestra and Band Leaders and Instrumentalists
  • Three: Mento and Calypso
  • Four: Jazz
  • Five: Ska
  • Six: Blue Beat
  • Seven: Rocksteady
  • Eight: Reggae
  • Nine: Dancehall
  • Ten: Dance
  • Eleven: Champions
  • Twelve: Studio
  • Thirteen: Mothers and Wives
  • Fourteen: Female Representation in Song Lyrics
  • Chapter Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Heather Augustyn is a continuing lecturer in the English department at Purdue Northwest. She has written seven books on ska and Jamaican music and lives in Northwest Indiana.

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