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Reggae Soundsystem

A new book of reggae album artwork celebrates the best in Jamaican music — and menswear.

Reggae Soundsystem: Original Reggae Album Cover Art is a picture book that tells the story of a nation through its music.

Starting with the calypso records made by hotel house bands for tourists in the Fifties, through to the heady rise of Rastafarianism in the Seventies and the lurid cartoon covers of Eighties dancehall, it shows Jamaica developing its own lively post-colonial identity. It also shows some pretty sharp suits, be it The Maytals illustrating the early influence of American pop or Nicodemus laughing at the very notion of “over-accessorising”. Fix up.

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