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Jook Joint Press was launched in 2015 with Simmer Down - a book about the early Wailers and sixties' Jamaica that's now on its second pressing. That was followed earlier this year by Rebel Frequency: Jamaica's Reggae Revival, an anthology of features and interviews with Jamaica's new wave of roots reggae artists. Chronixx, Protoje, Damian Marley, Koffee, Kabaka Pyramid and Jah9 are among those providing extensive insights into their personal journeys, as well as the birth of a movement. The 400+ pages are packed with knowledge and insight into a musical and cultural resurgence that's now extended far beyond Jamaica itself. 

Thank you to everyone who shared in the success of those projects and also the many contributors to our latest Jook Joint release The Marley Files, which includes in-depth interviews with Damian, Stephen and Ziggy Marley; 40th Anniversary fireworks and film, exhibition and book reviews, as well as controversial accounts of what really happened after Bob Marley's death and during those turbulent, early years of the Marley Estate, as told at length by Wailers' insiders. Apart from so much unforgettable music, this collection also tells of faked songwriting credits, corporate partnerships and ultimately, the betrayal of those who served Marley's ambitions where and when they mattered most - in the recording studio and live on stage. 

  

The Marley Files is the second of my Reggae Chronicles, drawn from an archive spanning three decades of music journalism. The articles and interviews we've reprinted as part of this series were initially published in specialist magazines from across Europe, and many of them appear in English for the first time. They're intended to be informative, to represent people and events as accurately as possible and above all, to inspire. This is what one of our dear friends had to say about the Reggae Chronicles -

"John Masouri is one of the world's foremost reggae music journalists. His deep knowledge and undiluted passion has enabled him to interview all the leading stars, many of whom are featured in his series Reggae Chronicles. John brings the music to life, and any fan of the genre will find these books a most revealing read."

David Rodigan MBE, BBC 1Xtra. 

THE MARLEY FILES
ONE FOUNDATION
ISBN 978-0-9933759-5-8
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REBEL FREQUENCY
JAMAICA'S REGGAE REVIVAL
ISBN 978-0-9933759-9-6

SIMMER DOWN
MARLEY - TOSH - LIVINGSTON
ISBN 978-0-9933759-8-9
 
Reviews for Simmer Down, from Amazon.com.
 
"A gripping story of the little known trials and tribulations of the early history of The Wailers. This book was a real eye opener for me and along with the other books in the trilogy it gives the well deserved balance to the story of Bunny, Peter and Bob that is long over due. How the author manages to piece together so many tales from so many people and brings it all together in one detailed book is amazing. A great book!"
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"A well written and authoritative account of the early Wailers. A great companion piece to the excellent Wailing Blues and a thoroughly gripping read from start to finish. The authors deep knowledge of his subject is apparent throughout but you never get the sense that any of the anecdotes or side stories are there for the sake of showing off this fact. Instead - the narrative contains enough information about the many colourful characters in this fascinating story to entertain and to also give a real sense of the time and place in history. Instead of just giving us lists of important dates and meetings, the tale of how one of the greatest bands in history emerged and was shaped from within and without is allowed to breathe. Part music history, part biography and part social history, I found myself not only riveted but also genuinely shocked by being reminded how much I didn't know about the context of the creation of music I have loved for many years. Having read Simmer Down it has been a joy to listen again to the early tunes with new found awareness of how they fit in the context of Jamaican culture, the civil rights movement and the changing world of the sixties and seventies."
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