Young, Gifted, and Black: The Story of Trojan Records
Author: Michael De Koningh, Laurence Cane-Honeysett
Publication date: 2003
Trojan Records started life in 1967 as an offshoot of Chris Blackwell's Island Records. By 1969 it had hit its stride, and for the next six years Trojan ruled the reggae roost, with over 30 charted hits. Luminaries like Gregory Isaacs, Inner Circle, and Dennis Brown were introduced by Trojan, and Bob Marley's first UK album, Soul Rebels, was issued on the label. Trojan also issued the breakthrough Tighten Up compilations. What fans could not know were the cutthroat politics, cultural divisions, racism, and entrepreneurial pressures that drove the label's success and ensured its demise. This book tells that story through rare interviews with surviving artists and musicians of the label. Dozens of photographs and a 12-track sample CD with notes are included.
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