The Creative Echo Chamber
Contemporary Music Production in Kingston Jamaica
In The Creative Echo Chamber, Dennis Howard explores the unique nature of popular music production in Jamaica, which, though successful, runs counter to the models of the music industry in the developed world.
Author: Dennis O. Howard
Combining insider knowledge and scholarship across a range of fields from cultural studies to political economy Dennis Howard’s Creative Echo Chamber breaks new ground in addressing the question of how one island city produced so much extraordinary music. Highly recommended.’
Jason Toynbee, author of Bob Marley: Herald of a Postcolonial World?
The pulsating and seductive rhythms that make up Jamaican popular music extend far beyond reggae; and recently, a greater appreciation has emerged for the island’s rich musical heritage and international impact. From ska, rocksteady and reggae to dancehall and dub, Jamaican popular music has made significant contributions to international pop culture.
In The Creative Echo Chamber, Dennis Howard explores the unique nature of popular music production in Jamaica, which, though successful, runs counter to the models of the music industry in the developed world. The influence of the sound system in particular, the dynamics of intellectual property rights and value chain logic which are peculiar to the Jamaican music industry are part and parcel of the structures, production modes and business models which have led to hybridity, and unparalleled innovation.
Using his background as an academic as well as a 30-year veteran in the media and entertainment industries, Howard, a Grammy-nominated producer brings fresh insight and perspective to the distinctive nature of Jamaican popular music.
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Foreword by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
- Background to the Business in Jamaica
- Surveying the Soundscapes: Writing on the Jamaican Music Scene
- Making Popular Music in the Creative Echo Chamber
- Value Chain Dynamics in the Creative Echo Chamber
- Too Much Mix Up Mix Up: Copyrighting Culture
- Tek-no-li-gy Processing: Reshaping the Soundscape
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