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Miss Pat - My Reggae Music Journey

I was honoured to be chosen as the principal ghostwriter for this new book by VP Records' legendary Miss Pat, whose journey within reggae music started in the late 50s alongside her husband Vincent Chin. Their Randy's record store in downtown Kingston was a magnet for the island's musical talent throughout the 70s and Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and Lee "Scratch" Perry all recorded at the studio upstairs. The Chin family then relocated to New York and launched VP Records, which is now the world's leading reggae distributor and independent reggae label.

I first started writing for VP almost 30 years ago, and I've written many album liner notes and other promotional materials for them since then. Miss Pat, who is of mixed Chinese and Indian heritage, impressed me with her professionalism and preparedness as the book first took shape. She proved a delightful interviewee and our weekly sessions were always enjoyable affairs - full of laughter and learning, even allowing for the personal tragedies that this remarkable woman has had to overcome in her life.


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