Half a century ago, vast numbers of British working-class youths adopted a style that reflected both their attitude and tastes. Dubbed by the country’s media as ‘skinhead’, the look starkly contrasted with that of the country’s largely middle-class ‘hippy’ population, drawing heavily on the smart, practical & stylish fashions introduced to the UK by the Windrush generation. The Caribbean influence was even more evident in the music that provided the soundtrack to the skinhead scene: reggae. To finally set the record straight about this greatly mis-understood sub-culture, celebrated writers, Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson & Mark Baxter have penned a brand new book, Scorcha! Skins, Suedes & style from the Streets – 1967 to 1973.

In addition, the pair have also compiled a companion 7” vinyl box set of the same title, comprising ten 45s, … More

Desmond Dekker recorded some of his best-known songs together with his backing group the Aces. Their single “007 (Shanty Town)” made him Jamaican music’s first outernational superstar, reaching the 14th place in the UK charts. The Leslie Kong produced Double Dekker was first issued in 1973 and consists of the best material Desmond recorded during his early years. In 1969 he scored a number one hit with the legendary song “Israelites”. You’ll hear how the Ska music from the mid-60s developed to the Rocksteady sound. This was “Ska” or “Blue Beat”— (or its new name for the slower tempo “Rock Steady”), and the lyrics come from the Calypso-Mento method of telling about current events in music. He was really at his prime from 1969 to 1971, a recorded classics such as “It Mek” (1969) and “You Can Get It If You Really Want” (1970), which you’ll both find on this record. Even before Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff Jamaica already had their own international superstar, Desmond Dekker was his name

Pre-order new reissue double vinyl LP here.

Disappointed you didn’t get the Fathers Day gift you were after? Fear not, a repress of The Uniques – ‘Absolutely..’ limited edition on orange vinyl has just landed of the original Trojan release in 1968. ..”The Uniques are undoubtedly one of the most expressive in the field of entertainment in Jamaica today. Whenever they deliver a song, whether a bright or a sad one, the Uniques lift your soul & bring joy to you heart with their tremendous projection of soul, sung in Rock Steady & Reggae style..”

New Trojan Records repress vinyl LP available in store and online.

Pre-order, Mod DJ and writer, Paul Anderson’s new book ‘Suedeheads’, here. From the author of the best-selling ‘Mods; The New Religion’, ‘The Dead Straight Guide to Mod’ and the recent, ‘Mod Art’, comes the next release from Paul Anderson due to be out 15 August 2019.

The suedehead subculture was an early-1970s offshoot of skinhead subculture in the UK and Ireland. Although sharing similarities to 1960s … More