Thursday, July 26, 2012

Reggae Book Talk

Coming up at Kirkdale Bookshop in Sydenham, a free author event on Friday 3 August 2012 at 7 pm:

'We’re delighted that author Noel Hawks will be talking about and signing copies of his latest book Reggae Going International – The Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee Story. He will also play selected tracks from the accompanying CD.

Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee is one of the most prolific reggae producers of the last 50 years, and was Jamaican Producer of the Year from 1969 to 1972. One of the first Jamaican producers to break into the UK charts, he holds the record for the longest consecutive period at Number One in the Jamaican charts with ‘Stick By Me’ from John Holt in 1971.

“So I don’t see the colour barrier in reggae music or any other music. It knows no colour. It comes like the water. What colour would you call water now? Pure!”(Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee)

Reggae Going International is Striker’s story, in his own words, transcribed and annotated by Noel Hawks and Jah Floyd from an illuminating series of interviews, conversations and Q&A sessions that took place over five years.

Noel Hawks is the author of ‘Songs of Freedom: Complete Lyrics of Bob Marley’, helped to compile ‘The Guinness Who’s Who of Reggae’ and is currently working on ‘Jamaican Recordings: A History of Jamaica’s Recording Studios’. He has written on reggae for Billboard, Music Week, Record Collector, Vox and many other magazines and has compiled and written sleeve notes for over 150 reggae releases. He has lived in Sydenham for over twenty years.

The bookshop is at 272 Kirkdale Sydenham SE26 4RS, Tel: 020 8778 4701,

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