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Roger Steffens & Peter Simon

A time capsule capturing the evolution of reggae culture.
By Ryan Hohn

Reggae Scrapbook is a fabulous coffee table book on steroids or weed, and is definitely a Reggae Music collectors must have. Stacked with over 150 pages of detailed factual information, a DVD loaded with historical interviews, Reggae Scrapbook offers a never before seen insight, deep into the background of reggae culture.

Written by Roger Steffens and Peter Simon, two world re-nown reggae aficionado, have done seminal works in documenting the historical aspects of reggae music. Roger is undoubtedly one of the world's first and most ardent reggae collector/archivist with the largest collection of reggae artifacts including recordings, literature and Reggaemobillia. His previous publication includes, The BEAT Magazine, Bob Marley & The wailers- The definitive discography and has now delivered yet another milestone in the preservation and archiving of Reggae with Reggae Scrapbook.

Peter Simon, is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist who's commitment to documenting reggae culture has resulted in the publication of two earlier historical works, "Reggae Bloodlines" in 1977 and "Reggae international" in 1983. The brother of world famous singer/songwriter Carly Simon, he also broadcasts a reggae radio programs and produces homegrown star quality music albums in New England from his home of Martha's Vineyard.

Reggae Scrapbook is of high print quality meticulously laid with the latest features ultimately enhancing and exciting the reading experience. With forward by Toots Hibbert and introduction by Stephen Davis it contains numerous replicas of post cards, set lists, numerous stickers and a Passa Passa dancehall booklet by Roy Sweetland. One of the more intriguing items includes Peter Tosh's unique backstage access pass, concert tickets and actual facsimile reproduction of his death announcement and trial verdict. Also containing a collection of autographed album art covers combined with uniquely mounted replicas of dance posters throughout the book.

Spanning the entire period from early Ska to Roots and Culture and present dancehall era the text follows a straight chronology while past and present images are interwoven throughout the book. The creators of Reggae Scrapbook have done a pretty good job in capturing some key moments, events and personalities and not just creating another encyclopedic record. For example the feature on Earl "Chinna" Smith "Inna Di Yard" roots revolution, offered an interesting insight on the creation of reggae music in the early days and how it is still being produced today.

The inclusion of a DVD compilation of interviews with some of reggaes' greats including Tosh, Luciano, Joseph Hill, Alton Ellis, Judy Mowatt, The Wailers Band and others was informative and represented the best of two decades of the Century Cable TV show "L.A. Reggae" hosted by Roger Steffens. The photography in this book is rather stunning with awesome black & white images from Peter Simon covering the earlier periods and have some rather youthful images of some of the greatest reggae pioneers with significant contribution in writing and images from BUZZZ senior photographer Roy Sweetland.

Reggae Scrapbook is a definitive piece of literature that offers it's readers a complete look at the historical and current trends of reggae culture. Although it might be a great addition to any reggae fanatics' collection, its' size however limits the prospect for reading on the fly as it will not fit in your back pocket and more appropriately suites your library. Reggae Scrapbook get's a definite thumbs up from the Buzzz team.

Reggae Scrapbook [ISBN-13:978-1-933784-23-6] is published by Palace Press/Insight Editions in association with Roots Of Peace who is committed to plant two trees for each tree used in the production of the Reggae Scrapbook and will be on the shelves in November 2007 at US$45, a very modest price for a priceless reggae record and great gift.

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