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Talking Books: Heather Augustyn about Women In Jamaican Music

Heather Augustyn – Women In Jamaican Music (click on pic, affiliate link)

Heather Augustyn – Women In Jamaican Music

Music historian and journalist Heather Augustyn has a new book out that’s a must-have for fans of Jamaican music. The author of “Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation,” “Don Drummond,” “Ska: An Oral History,”  and co-author (with Adam Reeves) of “Alpha Boys School: Cradle of Jamaican Music,” her latest book is Women in Jamaican Music (McFarland publishing), a collection of biographical sketches that crosses musical genres as it lays out the critical role women played in the development of the island’s music. In this interview, we discuss the book and some of the interesting insights covered in the last chapter. 

All books by Heather Augustyn (choose between links to her own website skabook.com or Amazon affiliate links)

Women In Jamaican Music (2020)
Operation Jump Up: Jamaica’s Campaign For A National Sound (2018). 
Alpha Boys School: Cradle Of Jamaican Music (2017)
Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music (2014)
Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist (2013)
Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation (2013)
Ska: An Oral History (2010)


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Described by friends as “way, way too obsessed with ska,” Charles Benoit lives in Rochester, NY, where he writes novels (Young Adult noir) and plays tenor sax in Some Ska Band. Incriminating details and paparazzi-quality photos at charlesbenoit.com.
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