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“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, ‘Ska: An Oral History’. . . A fascinating and hugely entertaining read.” – Laurence Cane-Honeysett, producer for Trojan Records and author of Young, Gifted, and Black: The Story of Trojan Records  

 

“Whether you are a hardcore traditional ska fan, have an academic interest in the genre, were raised on 2-Tone or were in the crowd at one of The Toasters shows all those years ago, you'll definitely want this book.” — Marc Wasserman of Marco on the Bass 

 

“A truly great music book!  Even I learned a lot about Two Tone era by reading it!”  — Roddy Byers of The Specials

 

“When Heather tackled this book project for more than ten years, she explains, there was little literature about ska. Thus she has felt obligated herself to tell the history of the ska music using dozens of interviews from representatives from all ska waves. . . Above all, the first four chapters are interesting: Derrick Morgan’s change of Duke Reid to Coxsone, the meaning of the Skatalites, Lloyd Brevett’s explanation about the origin of the name ska, Doreen Shaffer’s statements about the hard life in the ghetto, Laurel Aitken’s comments about dodgy record producers, and Toots Hibberts disclosure of his spiritual and worldly inspirations."  — David Katz, disc jockey, reggae historian, journalist, and author of Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae, People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee "Scratch" Perry.

 

“Recently received an advance copy of Heather Augustyn's new book Ska: An Oral History. It covers the origins of ska, the 2 Tone era and a few steps beyond. It's a boss piece of work that will be launched January 2011. 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 

 

“Each new generation that falls in love with the ska music riddim finds its way back to the roots. Heather Augustyn's new book, Ska: An Oral History, is your compass to the history, culture, and music of ska! I give this book my highest recommendation for the ska fans and the general public to get to know the ska music in the words and mindset of the creators.” – Albino Brown, Ska Historian, Writer, & Archivist; Producer & Co-Host of "The Ska Parade" Radio Show