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Revolutionary Sounds: the Essential Collection of Classic Roots Reggae 1973-1981

(Shanachie)

Showcasing the diversity of Jamaican music, Revolutionary Sounds gathers four previously released titles that range from group harmony singing to experimental dub. Power Of The Trinity, concentrates on the many Jamaican harmony groups that adapted their sound from 1960s American soul music, while the volume Revolutionary Sounds moves away from the harmony groups and to the great solo singers of the era. The Rastafarian cultural movement, extremely prevalent in reggae, most prominently with Bob Marley, inspires the volume By The Rivers Of Babylon, whereas the slower, explosive grooves of classic dub comprise the fourth volume, In The Red Zone. Together these four discs create an impressive overview of the history and many genres of Jamaican music, though ska is not part of the collection.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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