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Description - Wake the Town and Tell the People by Norman C. Stolzoff

A nuanced and comprehensive view of the musical and cultural phenomenon of the Jamaican dancehall. It examines its growth and historical role within Jamaican society, its economy of star-making, its technology of production, its performative practices, and its capacity to channel political beliefs through popular culture in ways that are urgent, tangible and lasting. The book includes extensive interviews, original photographs and anthropological analysis from 18 months of fieldwork in Kingston. Norman C. Stolzoff argues that this popular musical genre expresses deep conflicts within Jamaican society, not only along lines of class, race, gender, sexuality and religion but also between different factions struggling to gain control of the island nation's political culture. As his argument unfolds, Stolzoff traces the history of Jamaican music from its roots in the late-18th century to 1945, from the addition of sound systems and technology during the mid-forties to early sixties, and finally through the post-independence years from the early sixties to the end of the 20th century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822325147
ISBN-10: 0822325144
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 23-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Norman C. Stolzoff

Norman C. Stolzoff, Ph.D. is president of Ethnographic Insight, Inc., a consumer anthropology and marketing research firm in Bellingham, Washington.