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    Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

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    The Virgin encyclopedia of reggae - Colin Larkin
    Call Number: Music Reference ML3532 .V57 1998

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    Reggae & Caribbean music - Dave Thompson
    Call Number: Music Reference ML102.P66 T46 2002


    Getting Started with Reggae

    "Reggae is a musical style that is irrevocably linked with the Caribbean nation of Jamaica. The origin of the music that came to be identified as reggae developed in Jamaica in the late 1950s and 1960s. Reggae grew out of a synthesis of earlier Jamaican musical forms such as ska and rocksteady as well as American soul and rhythm and blues."      -Michael Halliday, "Reggae" Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World


    Browsing the Shelves in the Library

    ML 156.4           Discographies in general, mainly found in the reference section
    ML 420 Artist biographies
    ML 3532 Books on reggae
    ML 3790 Books on the music industry, informative for reggae
    ML 3918 Books on music and politics/nationalities/race/aesthetics/philosophy







    Searching in the Catalog

    In the BGSU Libraries Catalog, try the following subject searches:

    • Reggae Music
    • Reggae Music - History and Criticism
    • Reggae Music - Jamaica
    • Reggae Musicians
    • Reggae Musicians - Interviews
    • Dancehall (music)
    • Ragga (music)
    • Reggaeton

    To find books about reggae musicians or performers, try a SUBJECT search of the individual's name (Last name, First name).

    To find books, recordings, or scores (printed music) by reggae musicians or performers, try an AUTHOR search of the individual's name, (Last name, First name)

    or a TITLE search of an album title or a song title.

    You can also limit your search results by designating a specific material type, such as sound recording or musical score.

    Note: Many albums have excellent historical and biographical notes, and lyrics are frequently included on containers or inner liners.



    Subgenres of Reggae

    "Roots reggae is identified as a direct descendent of the earlier mix of ska and soul music."    -Michael Halliday, "Reggae" Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

    "Dancehall reggae developed in the late 1970s and included the older roots reggae template but with an altered vocal style, including rapping and toasting. Dancehall reggae also tended to include more electronica, and some artists utilized drum machines."    -Michael Halliday, "Reggae" Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

    "Ragga [Raggamuffin] is barely distinguishable from the earlier dancehall, the main differences being its slightly more aggressive attitude, an alignment with the concerns of its youthful audience - one-upmanship, guns, sex - and an all-important, rocking electronic beat."    -"Raggamuffin/ragga" Encyclopedia of Popular Music

    "Reggaeton is most frequently represented as a Puerto Rican and, increasingly, pan-Latino fusion of hip-hop and dancehall reggae. Featuring lyrics in Spanish and propelled by a modified reggae rhythm referred to as the “dembow,” the genre also travels in the form of a suggestive, sexualized dance called “perreo."    -Wayne Marshall, "Reggaeton" Grove Music Online


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    This guide was created by Liz Tousey, former Music Library Student and Circulation Supervisor.


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