Highlight denotes Black author or source | Highly recommended ︎


Mento, ska, rocksteady, dancehall, and dub.
Origins: 1950s - 1970s


  • Reggae Bloodlines: In Search Of The Music And Culture Of Jamaica by Stephen Davis, Peter Simon, 1977.

  • Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White, 1983.

  • The Rough Guide to Reggae by Steve Barrow, Peter Dalton, 1997.

  • Roots, rock, reggae: An Oral History of Reggae by Chuck Foster, 1999.

  • Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King by Lloyd Bradley, 2000. ︎

  • This is Reggae Music by Lloyd Bradley, 2001.

  • Reggae Explosion: The Story of Jamaican Music by Chris Salewicz, Adrian Boot, 2001.

  • Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae by David Katz, 2003. ︎

  • Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large by Carolyn Cooper, 2004.

  • People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry by David Katz, 2006. ︎

  • Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae by Michael E. Veal, 2007. ︎

  • Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture by Beth Lesser, 2008.

  • Original Rude Boy by Neville Staple, 2009.

  • Ska: An Oral History by Heather Augustyn, 2010.

  • Words of Our Mouth, Meditations of Our Heart: Pioneering Musicians of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, & Dancehall by Kenneth Bilby, 2016.

  • So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley by Roger Steffens, 2017.


  • Reggae, dir. Horace Ové, 1971. 1h. 

  • The Harder They Come, dir, Perry Henzel, 1974.

  • Rockers, dir. Theodoros Bafaloukos, 1978.

  • Dub Echoes, dir. Bruno Natal, 2008. 1h 15m.

  • Reggae Britannia, dir. Jeremy Marre, 2011.

  • Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend, dir. Esther Anderson & Gian Godoy, 2011.  

  • Pimento and Hot Pepper: The Story of Mento Music, dir. by Rick Elgood, 2017. 1h.

  • Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, dir. Nicolas Jack Davies, 2018. 1h 26m. 

  • Inna de Yard: The Soul of Jamaica, dir. Peter Webber, 2019.



  • “Urban Spaces and Working-Class Expressions across the Black Atlantic: Tracing the Routes of Ska” by Joseph Heathcott, Radical History Review, 2003.