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Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London

Photographer Alex Bartsch has painstakingly researched and sought out the original locations of 42 reggae record sleeve cover shots, and rephotographed them in situ. By meticulously matching the record sleeves with their background, Alex has created a fascinating series that represents not only serious patience and eye for detail on his part, but also paints a picture of the history of London’s reggae scene.

Read more here and support here.

Remembering Prince Buster, the Jamaican original who brought ska to the world

Cecil Bustamente Campbell, better known as Prince Buster, died on September 8 from heart problems following a series of strokes. He left behind a legacy that changed the course of Jamaican music, pioneering the ska sound and taking it across the globe. David Katz remembers a true original who recorded with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Tackhead and more.

FACT, click through for more.

THE MAGIC OF OLYMPIC TRACK CYCLING

Nice article about track cycling from The Newyorker.

Track cyclists dress entirely in Lycra, like action figures (or speed skaters). They wear mirrored shades and helmets that swoop back from their heads, as if blown by the wind. They ride minimalist bikes without brakes, which, for reasons of aerodynamicism, look like the bicycles children draw.

Top Six 'Unreleased' Bob Marley Videos

Six amazing Bob Marley & The Wailers performances captured on film. Not the best sound but pretty cool nonetheless!

Found here and here.

The land before grime: 10 tracks that accidentally predicted East London’s signature sound

Great interesting story by FACT about “accidental grime” tracks from when grime was not given a title yet with tunes from as early as 1982. Listen to them all after the click.

Bob Marley: ‘Bronx Jam Session’ Tape (1968)

BOB MARLEY ‘BRONX JAM’ AUDIO CASSETTE TAPE OF NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD RECORDINGS
1968

A tape that was auctioned at Christie’s on December 20, 2002 for $26,290.  This is as raw as it gets.  Marley, a guitar, and a tape recorder.

From Midnight Raver

Hear a brilliant documentary on black British music from jungle and garage to grime and dubstep

FACTThe best documentary you’re going to hear this week is ‘Roots and Future’, an hour-long radio show tracing the crucial black British influence on UK dance music over two decades, from jungle and drum and bass through to garage, grime and dubstep. Afropop Worldwide is a US public radio show that uses music to explore the history and culture of the African diaspora – check out tons more episodes on their website.