Book Launch: Positive Vibrations by Stuart Borthwick

Sat 28th May, 6pm
Chapters of Us
Saturday, May 28, 2022

Positive Vibrations: Politics, Politricks and the Story of Reggae
by Stuart Borthwick

From the rudies of Kingston to the sexual politics and narcotic allegiances of the modern dancehall, Positive Vibrations tells of how reggae was shaped by, and in turn helped to shape, the politics of Jamaica and beyond. Insightful and full of incident, it explores how the music of a tiny Caribbean Island worked its way into the heart of global pop.

From Marcus Garvey’s dreams of Zion, through ska and rocksteady, roots, riddims and dub, the story closes with the Reggae Revival, a new generation of Rastas as comfortable riding rhythms in a dancehall style as they are singing sweet melodies from times gone by. Impeccably informed and written with the zeal of a true believer, Positive Vibrations is a passionate testament to this rich, essential music.

Stuart Borthwick is a reggae selector, photographer and author of Popular Music Genres (with Ron Moy, 2003) and The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland’s Troubles (2014). Stuart is also a long-standing trustee and Chair of Writing on the Wall.

Signed copies of the book will be available for sale. If you are attending the Sister Nancy gig at District, Writing on the Wall will look after your book and you can collect it from our stall when you leave the gig.

Ticket price includes £2 discount on the book.

Date: Saturday 28th May

Time: 6pm

Location: Chapters of Us, 44 Simpson St, Liverpool, L1 0AX

Price: £2

These are difficult times. Concession prices may be too expensive for some. We are offering gifted and reduced rate tickets, and a pay it forward scheme. Email info@writingonthewall.org.uk and we will do our best to gift you a ticket.

All venues will be fully wheelchair accessible. Please contact info@writingonthewall.org.uk to request a BSL interpreter at any of our events.

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