Author Garth Cartwright has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, conducting more than 100 interviews with some of the icons of the record shop trade and the wider music industry, including Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Andy Gray (Andy’s Records), Ralph McTell, Chris Barber, The Specials and many more.

Featuring a foreword by the great comedian and writer, Stewart Lee. From the UK’s first record shop, indeed recognised as … More

Prince Buster was a Jamaican singer-songwriter & producer whose records released in the 1960s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music and created a legacy of work that would be drawn upon later by reggae and ska artists. This book is a mind-boggling discography devoted to the Jamaican releases of Prince Buster’s productions from 1961’s Oh Carolina by the Folkes Brothers to 1977’s Uganda by Yusuf Ali & The Revolutionaries.

The titles; A and B sides, are listed by year of release with matrix numbers and introductory notes for each … More

Born OTD in 1932, Jamaican record producer who was influential in the development of ska and reggae in the 1950s, 60s & beyond. Clement Seymour “Sir Coxsone” Dodd. In 1959 he founded a record company called World Disc. In 1962 he produced the Jazz record “I cover the waterfront” on the Port-O-Jam label, two of the musicians who played on the album, Roland Alphonso & Don Drummond became founding members of the Skatalites one year later. In 1963 he opened Studio One on Brentford Road, Kingston. It was the first black-owned recording studio in Jamaica. He held regular Sunday evening auditions in search of new talent, and it was here that Dodd auditioned Bob Marley, singing as a part of The Wailers.

“The rivalries between the sound systems, especially Prince Buster and Coxsone Dodd, was to produce many records, quite apart from … More

Trojan Records epitomised the punk DIY ethic over a decade before ’76. With a blizzard of individual labels, a marketing strategy that involved selling product out of the backs of vans, the company spearheaded the injection of reggae & ska into the vein of British youth consciousness.

In its first brief six-year incarnation, Trojan produced nearly 30 hit singles, created the legendary compilation series Tighten Up and … More