Reggae Roadblocks to be formally released today

Reggae Roadblocks - A music business development perspective, a book explores matters that appear to be retarding progress of the Jamaican music genre, written by leading entertainment and copyright attorney Lloyd Stanbury, is to be formally released by Abeng Press today.

In the 238-page work, Stanbury combines his own experience gained in the Jamaican, Caribbean and international music business since the 1980s, with observations and comments by leading players in the industry, alongside selected statistics to show that the reggae industry has slid from the promise shown in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The book is available in full colour and black and white page paperback editions as well as in digital format that incorporates some audio clips and web links to referenced sources such as music and online journals.

"It has taken a while for me to consolidate all this information into a single volume that tackles the issues head on," said Stanbury.

Reggae Roadblocks traces the roots of reggae through Jamaican social history, Rastafari protest and Nyabinghi drumming sources, examines the domestic and global situations that gave impetus to its ascendancy from the Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley and the Wailers era, and scrutinises the lyrical and musical conflicts with dancehall, the other Jamaican genre which has seemingly supplanted reggae at home and abroad.

Industry players

The many other industry players who Stanbury tapped as resources for comments in the book are Copeland Forbes artist manager and tour manager, Chris Blackwel, founder of Island Records; Prof I-Rastafari, elder/Nyabinghi drummer and chanter, Warren Smith CEO of Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Neville Garrick, Bob Marley art director, Dermot Hussey, radio producer & DJ at SiriusXM Radio, Wayne Jobson - musician, attorney at law, radio DJ, and Elliott Leib - music producer, label executive.

"I hope that the messages in Reggae Roadblocks will be received in the spirit they are given by those in positions to make a difference and recover the prospects of the industry and all those involved in it," Stanbury said.

The book contains 20 full colour pages of photographs by Sister Irie and Lance Watson, featuring artistes and other actors in the industry.

On Saturday, Stanbury will make his first official public presentation of Reggae Roadblocks as a panel participant at the Reggae University sessions during Rototom Reggae Sunspash in Benicassim, Spain.

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