Publications

So far I’ve written four books on my love of Reggae and the Dancehall culture. Below you can find information on each book and where to get them. Most are available in printed format. Take a minute and look at the books available from various publishers. Thank you.


Rub A Dub Style: The Roots of Modern DancehallRUB-A-DUB STYLE: THE ROOTS OF MODERN DANCEHALL
Publication Date: June 2012

With the release of their 1979 hit, ‘Rub-A-Dub Style’, deejays Smiley and Michigan announced to the world that Reggae music was undergoing a major change. Dancehall was gonna take over leaving the Roots and Rockers sound of the 70′s just that – in the past. This new sound was blowing up Jamaica and it has now not only changed Jamaican music but has inspired and helped lead the way for Rap and Hip-Hop all around the world. READ MORE…


Legend of Sugar Minott Front CoverTHE LEGEND OF SUGAR MINOTT & FAMILY PROMOTION
Publication Date: April 2011

This new book provides not only a biography of the legendary vocalist who helped so many of reggae’s top artists, but gives the history of The Youth Promotion sound system. Featured are many never before published photos of Sugar, his family and the crew. It’s the story of one of reggae’s greatest singers, and how he built an non independent organization to support the youth struggling in the ghetto, and thus launched some of dancehall’s most influential talents. READ MORE…


Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall CultureDANCEHALL: THE RISE OF JAMAICAN DANCEHALL CULTURE
Publication Date: September 2008

This definitive study of the 1980s Jamaican Dancehall scene features hundreds of exclusive photographs and an accompanying text that capture a vibrant, globally influential and yet rarely documented culture that has been mixing music, fashion and lifestyle with aplomb since its inception. With unprecedented access to the incredibly exciting music scene during this period, Beth Lesser’s photographs and text are a unique way into a previously hidden culture. READ MORE…


King JammyKING JAMMY’S
Publication Date: October 2002

A window into the life and work of King Jammy, this book looks at one of Jamaica’s legendary sound system owners and record producers-the man credited with saving reggae music by injecting it with new life through the development of digital rhythms. READ MORE…