Jook Joint Press
Jook Joint Press is my own publishing imprint. Our debut title was Simmer Down - a book about the early Wailers and sixties' Jamaica that's now on its second pressing. Thank you to everyone who shared in the success of that project and also all those who contributed to our latest Jook Joint release, due to be published in February 2020. This is the first of a series called Reggae Chronicles, drawn from my archives.
Rebel Frequency - Jamaica's Reggae Revival is an anthology of my writings about the island's current generation of roots singers and musicians such as Chronixx, Protoje, Damian Marley, Koffee, Kabaka Pyramid and Jah9, who provide extensive insights into their personal journeys, as well as the birth of a movement throughout these 400+ pages.
The majority of the fifty or so articles and interviews included here were first published in specialist magazines based in France and Germany, and many of them appear here in English for the first time. Enjoy!
MARLEY - TOSH - LIVINGSTON
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!"
"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."