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"But what are roots? Music is shapeless, colourless."--George Oban

"Reggae [...] is a product of the union of West African rhythms and European melody and harmony."--Cut 'n' Mix (1987) by Dick Hebdige, p. 43

"Fats Domino, Amos Milburn, Louis Jordan and Roy Brown were particular favourites. The relaxed, loping style of their music seemed to cater to the West Indian taste for unhurried rhythms. [...] The southern stuff almost had a Caribbean tinge. In Professor Longhair's rumba-like concoctions, for instance, you can hear influences which never crossed the Mason-Dixon line."--Cut 'n' Mix (1987) by Dick Hebdige, p. 62

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Cut 'n' Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music (1987) is a book by Dick Hebdige.

Its subject is the music of the African diaspora, particularly Afro-Caribbean music.


This is a book about the music of the Caribbean - from calypso and ska through to reggae and Caribbean club culture. The author traces the roots of the music, and describes the styles and sense of cultural identity that have developed alongside it wherever it is played. This book tells the story of how sound and sense have been spliced together in music which began in the West Indies but which ends up addressing a community stretching from Africa to Western Europe and the States. The book looks at: the African and Caribbean roots, religion, myth and the importance of rhythm; carnival, steel bands and calypso, the music of Trinidad; the story of reggae from mento and ska through dub to lovers' rock and talk over; Rastafari, the music and spiritual inheritance; the Jamaican record industry; the scene today, black British reggae, white 'Jamaican' music, Two Tone, the legacy of punk, 'slack style' and the links between New York rap and MC reggae.

Table of contents

note on the title of this book


Introduction: the two Jamaicas

Slavery days

West African roots, A West Indian flowers

The music of Trinidad

Reggae and other Caribbean music

The roots of reggae: religion and religious music

The Rastafarians

The roots of reggae: black American music

Rocksteady and the rude boy era


Dub and talk over

Dread in a Inglan

DUB VERSION (the rise and fall of Two Tone)

Ska tissue: the rise and fall of Two Tone

CLUB MIX (Breaking for the border)

Sister Posse forward: is this the future?

Slack style and Seaga

Lovers' rock: reggae, soul and broken hearts

Rap and hip hop: the New York connection

Fast style reggae: designer label roots

Notes and references


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