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Ska:  The Rhythm Of Liberation is a very serious study of the upbeat, rhythm-based music that was born in Jamaica.  While other books have been written about the “2 Tone” movement that took place in England in the late ’70’s, this is a much deeper, fact finding volume that traces ska’s roots back to slavery.  It describes the foundations of the ska traditions – from the first “sound systems” and jazz influences in the 1940’s.  The fine-toothed details include the obscure but vital record labels that began issuing this music in Jamaica during the ’60’s; gives recognition to all (or as close to all) the forgotten musicians who helped to develop and refine ska, blue beat, rock steady and the various permutations.  And, of course, it delves into the British 2 Tone explosion and the American ska revival that was spearheaded by Moon Records.

This painstakingly researched work deserves not only attention but a seeking out by anyone who has an affinity and love of ska or a true musicologist.  Rankin’ – come forward!



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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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