Tuesday, 19 February 2013

NEW & NOTEWORTHY: Insightful essay collection from UWI + Clive Davis’ lyrical autobiography

THE MUSIC MAN: In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis, the legendary founder of J Records. The megamogul’s career has spanned more than 40 years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists, from Whitney Houston and Janis Joplin to Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson. In The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis’ newly published and fully illustrated autobiography (written with Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis) Davis tells all, sharing his wealth of experience and valuable insight into the evolution of the music business over the past half-century and into the future. Told with his unmatched wit, frankness, and style, the book exposes a trove of revealing, never-before-heard stories that will captivate and inspire music lovers. 

SOUND & SUBSTANCE: The illuminating essays in Global Reggae (edited by Carolyn Cooper and published by the UWI Press) highlight the “glocalization” of reggae – its global dispersal and adaptation in diverse local contexts of consumption and transformation. The revolutionary ethos of reggae music is translated into local languages that articulate the particular politics of new cultural contexts. As the book points out, echoes of the Jamaican source gradually fade. But new hybrid sounds return to their Jamaican origins, engendering polyvocal, cross-cultural dialogue. The contributors to this definitive volume lucidly articulate a cultural politics that acknowledges the far-reaching creativity of small-islanders with ancestral memories of continents of origin.

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