Published: Eye Books (July 2018)

ISBN:  9781785630781

The Story of Trojan Records

Laurence Cane-Honeysett


The definitive history as the iconic label turns 50

Trojan Records was founded in 1968, its mission to bring Jamaican music to the world. Over the subsequent half-century it has done just that, releasing many of the defining albums of ska, rocksteady, dub and reggae from artists including The Upsetters, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as the hugely popular Tighten Up! compilations.

The Story of Trojan Records is a fully illustrated coffee-table book, containing hundreds of photographs, record sleeves, labels and archive material, much of it not seen for many years. It forms part of the label’s official 50th anniversary celebrations, which will include special vinyl releases, a major exhibition at Somerset House, festival takeovers and a documentary film set for cinema release.








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


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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