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Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...Chris Blackwell founded Island Records in Jamaica in 1959 to record local jazz and ska music. Blackwell, whose family was linked to the Crosse & Blackwell food empire, moved to London in 1962 and licensed Jamaican productions...
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...Bob Marley’s group, the Wailers, evolved out of previous projects and became the most important reggae touring act of the 1970s, bringing the Jamaican musical form to audiences around the globe. Originally a doo-wop-tinged ska group known...

Reggae in Europe

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...From being the local, ethnic soundtrack of a small Caribbean island, reggae has established itself as a genuine global style, appreciated and imitated all over the world. Though obvious differences exist among its countries, Europe...

Religion and Spirituality

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...Introduction The relationship between popular music and religion has heightened the struggles and accommodations that exist between music and religion in general. Because both music and religion, through performance and ritual...

Reggae

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Reggae is a music and dance style that emerged in Jamaica between late 1967 and mid-1968, ultimately attracting widespread global audiences to Jamaican music and dance culture. Reggae music’s main characteristics include a slow tempo (60...

Aotearoa/New Zealand: Maori and Pacific Islander Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Maori: 383,277 (2003); Pacific Islander: 150,150 (2003) From Hawaiian Combos to Acid Rock The native inhabitants of Aotearoa (‘the land of the long white cloud’), the Maori,...

Jamaica

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 2,695, 867 (2003) Jamaica is an island of 4,411 sq miles (11,425 sq km) located in the northern Caribbean. Its nearest neighbors are Cuba and Haiti. The capital of Jamaica is Kingston. ‘Kingston’ usually...

The Caribbean Islands

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: ca. 39,700,000 (2001) The Caribbean Islands comprise an archipelago of 14 distinct countries and several more US and European protectorates. In some respects, the islands are best regarded culturally...