Roger Steffens &
Roger Steffens & Peter Simon's - Reggae Scrapbook - Insight Editions.
"He's one of us" Proclaimed Reger Steffens in the ' Beat' not so long along - Roger was talking about Bob Marley (of course) but what I'm talking about is being a 'REGGAE' fan. He probably would have liked to have done a 'Bob Marley' scrapbook - but he didn't, and the result is incredible. I have never seen anything like this. Page after page of amazing heavy duty full colour printing - plus stickers, envelopes, flyers - all on the subject of reggae music. Plus a DVD which contains some of the interviews the man as done over the course of the years.
So who is actually in the book, well here we go, the book includes - The Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Joe Higgs, Toots, Beverley Kelso. Alton Ellis, Bob Andy, Coxsone Dodd, Delroy Wilson, Ken Boothe, The Techniques, Burning Spear, The Heptones, Jacob Miller, Johnny Osbourne, Lee Perry, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, Joe 'Culture' Hill, Junior Reid, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs. Ninjaman, Lady Saw, Buju Banton and Morgan Heritage. Plus a load more stuff!!! Normally I wouldn't bother with such a long list, but this book is an investment its expensive - but its worth every penny - but only if you have an interest in the above. And if you don't you are not a reggae fan!!!
Dipping in and out of the book, the interviews with Coxsone Dodd and Johnny Osbourne are excellent - Roger seems to find out what makes them tick. His interview with Gregory Isaacs is a classic - included is the part of it which tells the story of the story of 'The Little Lad and The Crocodile'. Its the kind of story Gregory loves to tell, but no one as relayed it better than Ras Rojah!! Photos play a huge part in a book of this sort and Peter Simon's are some of the best both in colour and b lack and white. The book is a total celebration of the music, the music needs works of this sort - and its good to see that its come from a true friend of the music!