REGGAE 45 SOUNDSYSTEM: THE LABEL ART OF REGGAE SINGLES, A VISUAL HISTORY OF JAMAICAN REGGAE1959-79 (STEVE BARROW, NOEL HAWKS, STUART BAKER SOUL JAZZ BOOKS UK) M-
Soundsystem 45! is an amazing, visually stunning amnd gigantic thick as a brick deluxe book that features 1000 stunning full size record label 45 rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music. The 45rpm 7″ single is at the heart of reggae music, the main tool in which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, through to its dissemination worldwide. These label designs give us a hidden history of design that is raw, innovative and hip. Ever since the birth of the Jamaican music industry, over sixty years ago, through to the present day, these idiosyncratic label designs have helped illustrate, signify and energize the music that they accompany. The book includes a fascinating essay by Steve Barrow on the birth and rise of the 45rpm single in reggae music.