A truly great music book!  Even I learned a lot about Two Tone era by reading it!” 

            — Roddy Byers of The Specials


While the history of Jamaican music has received it fair share of attention in book form in recent years, the development of Ska as a genre in itself has been all but ignored. Thankfully, US-based writer, Heather Augustyn, finally redresses the balance with her excellent publication."
           --Laurence Cane-Honeysett, producer for Trojan Records and author of Young,            Gifted, and Black: The Story of Trojan Records 


Ska: An Oral History covers the origins of ska, the 2 Tone era and a few steps beyond. It's a boss piece of work. I've been into ska for 30 years and this is the best book I've read on the subject. Highly recommended... by this old skanker.
           — Edward Shed Mitchell writer for Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, Classic            Rock and Rockabilly Magazine

About SKA An Oral History

 

Ska: An Oral History is the story of ska music, told through the words and narratives of those who invented it. In Jamaica, and later in England, this music defined the culture and social conditions of the people. Through the words of their songs, the uplifting rhythm of their vivacious tunes, and the character and skill of each musician, ska music was the foundation for musical forms and the musicians that evolved. Hearing first-hand the stories of these tumultuous times, these creative times, the story of ska music is finally told by those who were there.  

Augustyn spent over a decade interviewing ska artists and musicians and researching the music and culture of Jamaica and England. Included in her book are never-before heard words from such greats as The Skatalites’ Doreen Schaeffer, Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Knibb, and Lester Sterling; Derrick Morgan and Patsy (Millicent Todd); Lyn Taitt; Laurel Aitken; Toots Hibbert; Millie Small; Alex Hughes (Judge Dread); The Specials’ Roddy Byers (Roddy Radiation); The Beat’s Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger; The Selecter’s Pauline Black; Lee “Kix” Thompson of Madness; and Buster Bloodvessel of Bad Manners.

The final chapter in the book closely examines how ska traveled from England to America and spread around the world. Words from American ska band members tell the story, with input from Fishbone’s Dr. Madd Vibe (Angelo Moore); The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Dicky Barrett; Issac Green; Bucket of The Toasters and now defunct Moon Records and new label Megalith; Rocksteady Freddie of The Toasters and New York Ska Jazz Ensemble; Joey Altruda and Willie McNeil formerly of Jump with Joey; Jim Arhelger of Bim Skala Bim; Jayson Nugent of The Slackers; Buford O'Sullivan formerly of The Scofflaws; Alex Desert formerly of Hepcat and appearing in such film and television as  Swingers, High Fidelity, Boy Meets World, and Becker; Tony Kanal of No Doubt; as well as many others.

 Ska: An Oral History is the definitive book on ska music, as told by the artists themselves.

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