Hardback

Published: Eye Books (July 2018)

ISBN:  9781785630781

The Story of Trojan Records

Laurence Cane-Honeysett

£30.00

The definitive history as the iconic label turns 50

Foreword by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records

Launched in London in the summer of 1968, Trojan Records was instrumental in introducing the sound of reggae to the world at large.

By the mid-Seventies, the label had enjoyed over 30 significant mainstream chart hits by such illustrious performers as Desmond Dekker, the Maytals, Bob & Marcia, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Dave & Ansel Collins, the Pioneers – and many, many more.

Alongside these major successes, Trojan showcased the work of literally hundreds of Jamaican music-makers, from artists whose careers remain shrouded in mystery to future international recording stars.

To mark the label's half-centenary in 2018, The Story of Trojan Records is a super deluxe hardback book, telling the definitive history of Trojan. It contains containing hundreds of photographs, record sleeves, labels and archive material, much of it not seen for many years.

OUT JULY 2018, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

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Trojan marches on at 50: the Jamaica Observer celebrates the publication of the book and talks to Laurence.

ABOUT

Laurence Cane-Honeysett

A former illustrator, musician and journalist, Laurence Cane-Honeysett joined Trojan Records at the start of the 1990s, since which time he has worked for the legendary reggae record company in almost every capacity, from archivist and official historian to label manager.

During this time, he has assisted in the making of numerous TV and radio reggae documentaries, written definitive articles on some of Jamaican music’s greatest stars and penned essays for over 500 music collections, while compiling around twice that number.

Now, more than a quarter of a century after he started working for the company, Laurence provides a fascinating account of its musical greatest talents and those behind the scenes who helped make Trojan Records the world’s greatest – and most iconic – Jamaican music label.

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