Welcome! Log In Create A New Profile

Advanced

Musical Root 1

Posted by The man 
The man
Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 07:42AM
Musical Root 1
David Katz
(Black Star £3.50)

Musical Root 1 is another attractive pamphlet from the Finnish Black Star organisation, publishers of such as the innovative sound system guides Reggae Inna Dance Hall Style and King Jammy's, as well as the More Axe series of booklets.

The format of this latest edition is half-a-dozen interviews with, respectively, Bernard Collins of The Abyssinians, Culture's Joseph Hill, Marshall Munhumunmwe of the Zimbabwean Four Brothers, as well as DJ Doctor Alimantado, Jennifer Romeo, sister of the famous Max, and a piece with the proprietor of the Seven Leaves label, well regarded for its catalogue of Upsetter sides.

In some respects the interview technique is the most truly informative vehicle for conveying reggae vis-a-vis the written word, full of unexpected insights that even the most exhaustive of discographies is not able to match. Here, Bernard Collins recalls how he went to live in the country as a child in the late 1950s when his mother went to England, and then went back to Kingston when she returned to Jamaica seven years later.

Katz wonders if Collins' mother had found it a struggle to live in England to account for her brief stay and Collins says: "She came there for a reason, so she never really find it a struggle. She came there for a purpose, and she achieved what she came for, for that seven years. She is comfortable, and I am comfortable, 'cause she made certain preparations, and she accomplished what she came to London to accomplish."

Which is I am sure you will agree a heartening tale.

Unfortunately, however, a mere six brief interviews do not a book make, particularly when the Joseph Hill reasoning, for instance, seems to date from the early 1980s. It is of course always to the good to see any publication giving reggae music a wide brief and the fact that there is no coherent theme which connects the separate interviews is balanced by the fact that aqll do deserve a hearing. But when Musical Root 1 is quickly consumed, the reader is left wondering whether the gate charge is not perhaps a bit steep.

Penny Reel
jez
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 08:01AM
Penny Reel wrote "But when Musical Root 1 is quickly consumed, the reader is left wondering whether the gate charge is not perhaps a bit steep."

a bit like how i feel reading your review, which was free but still left me feeling shortchanged
aka_richie
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 08:24AM
...a bit like how i feel everytime i happen to read one of your whining posts - but then look to see that you are too PU$$Y to use your 'real' ie/ recognisable moniker.

jb welda
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 08:52AM
i wish these were still in publication. i have the two books mentioned, inna dance hall style and king jammys, and a few of the more axe books but wish i had them all. they were invaluable to budding reggae heads back in the day, in the days before worldwide instant communication via the internet; in fact they were one of the only ways i personally had of figuring out what the deal was with some of the music and artists i was listening to. hopefully someday someone will take over reprinting these various books from black star.

one love
jah bill
quadruped
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 09:12AM
A staple-bound A5-sized publication of just 60 pages would be regarded by most people as a fanzine not a book. Therefore, I don't see the point of the observation that "six brief interviews do not a book make". It might be reasonable to expect a "coherent theme" from a full length book but a fanzine is usually a collection of articles on related themes but with no single unifying concept or argument. If Musical Root is considered on its own merits as a fanzine, then you would have to admit that it is no less substantial (and the quality of its prose no worse) than something like Pressure Drop.

Music Root contains worthwhile pieces on The Abbysinans, Culture and Dr Alimantado and it was published at a time when there was very little printed material available on reggae. Admittedly, it isn't much for £3.50 (which was more money in 1990 than it is today) and I certainly don't remember paying as much as that for my copy. I notice it was published in Finland so maybe unfavourable rates of currency exchange are the reason for the relatively high price tag.
aka_richie
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 09:12AM
probably completely off the beam here, though i'm reading this as if it's something out new, no?

[and if so, considering that gbp3.50 is the lower end of the average cost of any monthly magazine in the newsracks, i'd say that figure represents a more than fair price for any published document - especially on a specialist subject like reggae.]

Sir Lord Irie
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 09:13AM
Hasn't the first More Axe been reprinted already? The King Jammy's by Beth Kingston has seen a reprint, what's missing is the 2nd More Axe. Not sure if the More Axe 7 is still available. The Small Axe Reggae Album Guide is deleted I heard. A pity.
The man
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 09:14AM
No Rich, the book is now about 15 to 20 years old.

Reel
jb welda
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 10:01AM
ive been looking for a more axe (i believe it was) that i saw in the early 80s but neglected to buy. as i recall it had an article entitled something like "uptown vs downtown" that had interviews with (downtown) radics and (uptown) inner circle or something similar.

if anyone knows the title of this publication and/or has a spare copy please contact me on wjust@dgweb.com

one love
jah bill
jez
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 10:17AM
aka richie said "...a bit like how i feel everytime i happen to read one of your whining posts - but then look to see that you are too PU$$Y to use your 'real' ie/ recognisable moniker."

best laugh I've had for a while. Being told I am not using my 'real' moniker (btw, youve lost me there) from somebody called aka.

After observing this forum for a while it strikes me that this Man character is not open to criticism, especially from his toadies. Its like the monarchy - anybody who dares criticise is sent to the Towers.
The man
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 10:25AM
In what way were you shortchanged Jez? As you said, the review was free for you and anyone else to read.

Reel
Re: Musical Root 1
January 23, 2006 12:06PM
seems like these folks(aka richie/jez etal) have their panties in a bunch about the man and feel some kind of need to post their sniveling diatribes rather than just SHUT UP.
aka_richie
Re: Musical Root 1
January 24, 2006 03:13AM
sorry to sour your 'debut' post, jez. way to go. keep up the good work.

seems like i had you mixed up with this other character, who has to keep changing his posting-name cause he can't take the shame every time he makes a fool of himself dogging other posters around

Mario (---.range81-129.btcentralplus.com)

Redafiya. (---.range81-129.btcentralplus.com)

[amongst others]

aka_richie
Re: Musical Root 1
January 24, 2006 03:16AM
kelt (---.range86-139.btcentralplus.com)
Re: Musical Root 1
January 24, 2006 04:27AM
Respect everytime Richie.

Link me pon my e-mail for an invite to my new board. It's taken off really well and you'll find plenty of our mates there already.

Respect

Gordon
mario not mario
Re: Musical Root 1
January 24, 2006 04:38AM
Secret agent board?
jez
Re: Musical Root 1
January 24, 2006 07:51AM
aka richie wrote
"sorry to sour your 'debut' post, jez. way to go. keep up the good work.

seems like i had you mixed up with this other character, who has to keep changing his posting-name cause he can't take the shame every time he makes a fool of himself dogging other posters around

Mario (---.range81-129.btcentralplus.com)

Redafiya. (---.range81-129.btcentralplus.com)

[amongst others]"

interesting detective work sherlock, however as I am sure a man of your undoubted intelligence is aware these internet addresses are fairly generic so the only "character" I am is me -witness the Mans problems in another thread with his Dynamic address.

A few points
1) I didnt like the review - thats my prerogative. If the Man posts it in a public forum he should expect criticism, or indeed praise. I like some of his reviews/Top 10s etc - some I dont. Deal with it - I am sure he can.

2) I wasnt dogging anyone - if this is your criteria of dogging then you could be accused of dogging me.

3) www.sycophants.co.uk - this site might interest you Richie

Re: Musical Root 1
January 24, 2006 09:02AM
clammy
Re: Musical Root 1
January 24, 2006 09:11AM
Anyone else find the image of richie 'dogging' jez repugnant?
aka_richie
Re: Musical Root 1
January 25, 2006 03:33AM
my original post is also covered by your point a) and confirmed by the rest of it - plus your apparent inabilty to answer penny's response.

just incase your suffereing from amnesia [www.snwmf.com] is what i refered to as dogging... even a cursory glance reveals shared authorship, regardless of the isp address issue that you trying to hide behind.

since i gather dirtweed seems to be the resident expert around here on 'snivelling diatribes', i'll take his advice now and shut up.

[boom] bye-bye.
jez
Re: Musical Root 1
January 25, 2006 07:48AM
Sherlock - I am not Mario, Redayfiya or Kelt - end of story
Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login