The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture



ISBN: 9780957260085 Category:

Beth Lesser


The definitive study and essential guide to Jamaican Dancehall in the 1980s.

Dancehall is at the centre of Jamaican musical and cultural life. From its roots in Kingston in the 1950s to its heyday in the 1980s, Dancehall has conquered the globe also spreading to the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Europe and beyond. This definitive study and essential guide to Jamaican Dancehall in the 1980s features hundreds of exclusive photographs with accompanying text, interviews and biographies. This book captures a previously unseen era of musical culture fashion and lifestyle. With unprecedented access to the incredibly vibrant music scene during this period, Beth Lesser’s photographs are a unique way in to a previously hidden part of Jamaican culture.

Additional information

Weight 1642 g
Dimensions 30.4 x 30.2 cm
Publisher name Soul Jazz Records
Publication date 1 December 2017
Number of pages 216
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 30.4 x 30.2 cm
Weight 1642 g


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Beth Lesser is a noted music writer. In the early 1980s, as Jamaica was in the throes of political and gang violence, she ventured where few others dared, and produced this book - a unique record of the exciting, dangerous and vibrant world of Dancehall.