If you want to give your coffee table a treat, check out Soundsystem!: Men to to Dancehall: 60 years of Original Reggae Album Cover Art, which looks like a great book to have hanging around the living room.
Published by Soul Jazz and the work of Stuart Baker and Steve Barrow (yes, the people responsible for the Studio One Records book), it is a 12x 12 hardback book, which is said to feature ‘hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs that span the history of reggae music.’
The initial write-up continues: Beginning in the 1950s, Jamaican music soon developed into one of the most important and influential music industries in the world. From its early Mento (Jamaican Calypso) beginnings through to the invention of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub and Dancehall, Jamaican music is also one of the richest and innovative veins in popular music.
This stunning hardback deluxe book is a timely look at the endless visually creativity of reggae record cover designs, iconic, classic, rare and unique artwork spanning sixty years of Jamaican sounds. The book includes a fascinating introductory essay on the history of reggae by Steve Barrow.
It is published by Soul Jazz and available from 29th October 2012. Amazon is already doing discounted pre-orders at £25.50. If you want to know more about Steve Barrow and his mod past, check out our interview with the man.