London, England – Akira Press Publications Limited has published a book of Jamaican dub poetry by Faada Johnson titled Pucko Poetry (ISBN: 0947638555).
The poems are written from a new and powerful poetic form called “Cuss Poems”.
Pucko Poetry is influenced by the oratory and potency of the Pocomina Churches in Jamaica.””Faada Johnson was born in Kingston Jamaica in 1962 and was educated at Savanna-La-Mar High School, Westmoreland, Jamaica. He arrived to England in 1980 and started writing fulltime in 1983.
In 1984 Faada Johnson published his first collection of poems Deadly Ending Season (Akira Press Publications) and completed a Dub Poetry Album – Pucko Music in 2003. FAADA Johnson has taught in many schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and worked as Ethnic Advisor to Westminster Council, promoting African consciousness and African Caribbean Literature, Music and Culture. Pucko Poetry is his first full length collection for 19 years.
Kingston, Jamaica – First time author and former disc jockey of New York station WNWK, Lou Gooden has put reggae’s past on paper with the release of his book, Reggae Heritage: Jamaica’s Music Culture and Politics. Gooden chose self-publisher First Books.com to offer the book electronically through the Internet with printed copies available in weeks.
Hailed as one of the first books about reggae ‘written by an insider,’ Gooden, an avid proponent of early reggae and having recently returned to Jamaica, traces the roots of reggae back to the 1940s and the heavy influence of American jazz, R&B and the later the 1960’s ska movement that made their mark on the music. Gooden admits some areas of the book need further tightening due to his rush to get the 370-page book completed, but admirers suggest that Gooden has included some of the aspects of reggae that other authors have so far ignored.
Known as a long time supporter of reggae and disc jockey at the famous Negril Beach Village during the 1970s, Gooden has finally finished the 10-year book project with the hopes of turning the book into another addition.
Lou Gooden is a native Jamaican, who attended Crescent College located in Kingston, Jamaica. He has worked as a DJ in Jamaica and the United States.
(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The book John Lennon in Havana with a little help from my friends, by Cuban writer and music investigator Ernesto Juan Castellanos, deals with the history of rock on the Island. According to Radio Rebelde, the volume collects interviews with personalities of Cuban culture, among them singer and songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, writer Miguel Barnet, musicians Juan Formell and Leo Brouwer, as well as the Vicar General of Havana, Monsignor Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.
Castellanos, who studies the work of the famous quartet of Liverpool, has three other books: Los Beatles en Cuba (1998) [The Beatles in Cuba], El sargento Pimienta vino a Cuba en un submarino amarillo (2000) [Sergeant Pepper came to Cuba in his Yellow Submarine] and La guerra se acaba si tú quieres (2001) [The War Ends if You Wish].
Book and CD publisher Ventilador Music has published this month a book with sheet music by legendary Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía. Titled Libro de Partituras: La Fabulosa Guitarra de Paco de Lucía. Libro 1 (Sheet music Book: The Fabulous Guitar of Paco de Lucía), the book includes a prologue by Jorge Berges, who transcribed the compositions, and contains the music included in the album La Fabulosa guitarra de Paco de Lucia.
The book is 34 pages long and was revised personally by Paco de Lucía.
Tracks: Barrio la Viña, De Madrugá, Farruca de Lucía, Ímpetu, Jerezana, Llanto a Cádiz , Punta del Faro, Punta Umbría.