Written by Steve Barrow and Peter Dalton. Ed. by Jonathan Buckley. Photographs by Adrian Boot, David Corio, Rick Elgood, Beth Lesser, Everton Sharp, and others. - London: Rough Guides, Oct. 1997. - First edition. - ISBN 1-85828-247-0. - Pb., 395 pp.
The Rough Guide To Reggae covers the entire span of recorded music in Jamaica - from the 1950s mento and R&B through to dancehall and ragga. The chapters chart the music's evolution, including ska, rocksteady, roots, dub, toasting, and lovers' rock, as well as reggae's offshoots in Britain, the US and Africa.
The book takes its focus from the singers and DJs, the equally important producers and session musicians, and the sound systems. Throughout, there are interviews and features on the major artists, and reviews of the best discs - both on CD and vinyl.