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New book The Story Of Trojan Records marks the label's 50th anniversary

Trojan staffer Laurence Cane–Honeysett presents a book documenting key musicians, studio engineers, and producers

As part of its fiftieth anniversary celebration, the British label Trojan Records has published a new book containing hundreds of photographs, record sleeves, labels and archive material, as well as features on some of the label's musicians, studio engineers, producers, and record company staff. It also features a forward by DJ and film director Don Letts, who worked with the label in the 1960s.

“Trojan’s place in the development of mainstream popular culture should never be underestimated,” says the book's author Laurence Cane–Honeysett. “Often hailed as the Motown or Blue Note of reggae, the company introduced the sound of Jamaica to a global audience and by so doing was instrumental in forever changing the sound of popular music.”

Founded in 1967 by Lee Gopthal and Chris Blackwell as a sublabel to Island Records, Trojan covered a host of music coming out of Jamaica, from ska and rocksteady to reggae, dancehall and dub. Some of the artists and producers to have worked with the label include Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Dennis Brown, Desmond Dekker, John Holt, Duke Reid, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Bob Marley.

The Story Of Trojan Records is published as part of a wider celebration which includes a documentary about the label called Rudeboy, reissues and a host of live events. More details and dates can be found on the Trojan website.