“Real ground-breaking stuff, and fascinating as well.”


--Steve Barrow, Jamaican music historian, author of The Rough Guide to Reggae, and co-founder of the Blood and Fire record label


“A magnificent work of investigative journalism.  Long taboo to discuss publicly, this true story is begging to be a Hollywood film. The story of early Jamaican music has finally been told.”


  --Brad Klein, Documentary Filmmaker of Legends of Ska: Cool & Copasetic

About Don Drummond

The Genius and Tragedy

 of the World’s Greatest Trombonist



Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World's Greatest Trombonist is the comprehensive biography of a brilliant musician and his lover who forever shaped the course of ska, reggae, and popular music worldwide despite poverty, class separation, mental illness, racial politics, exploitation, and sexism that resulted in murder. Through the words of Don Drummond’s former childhood friends, classmates, musicians, medical staff, legal counsel, and teachers, they tell the story first hand of Drummond’s “unusual mind;” recall the early days in the recording studio, playing the instrumental backup for Bob Marley and hundreds of others; unearth the nights in the Rasta camps where musicians burned the midnight oil and much more; roam the halls of the primitive and haunting mental hospital halls; remember the gyrations of his lover, Margarita, the Rumba Queen, as she tantalized audiences at Club Havana; reveal exactly what happened that tragic night when Drummond stabbed Margarita four times in the chest before he reported the crime at the Rockfort Police Station; witness minute-by-minute the trial that was delayed over a year because Drummond was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial; and investigate the ways that Drummond likely died in the mental asylum at age 35.

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