THE RISE OF GYPTIAN….Recently there has been a lot of discussion among lovers of Jamaican music about the state of Jamaican music. The consensus is that Jamaica’s musical culture is in decline, if not crisis. One point that must be made is that Jamaican music is not synonymous with “reggae.” Read the rest of this entry here...
Can music change your life? Millions say "yes!". Most often life-changing music is made by "great spirits", charismatic and incredibly gifted musical artists, who are unforgettable once you encounter them.
Great Spirits: Portraits Of Life-Changing World Music Artists profiles some of the most important and unique musical artists of the past fifty years--Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Augustus Pablo, The Neville Brothers, Yabby You, and Nadia Gamal--all based on the personal experiences of music business executive, writer, musician, and radio show host Randall Grass.
"An important book for those of us who want to know what these artists were really like, who believe that our great cultural artists are the last line of reason in a world gone mad."
James McBride, author of The Color Of Water
"Anyone who knows the grip of music will be swept into fierce currents of provocateurs as international as Fela Kuti and Bob Marley and as interstellar as Sun Ra."
Milo Miles, National Public Radio