Authors collab on Alpha music book


November 24, 2017
The front cover of the Alpha Boys School book.

Jamaican music researchers and enthusiasts Heather Augustyn and Adam Reeves have penned the comprehensive 'Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music', though the two authors have never actually met.

The book is the result of three years of research and writing and is the first comprehensive chronicle of the lives of over 40 influential musicians who attended the Alpha Boys' School in Kingston, Jamaica.

Augustyn and Reeves worked collaboratively, despite the distance. Augustyn resides just outside of Chicago, and Reeves resides in Brighton, United Kingdom, though both have travelled to Kingston and Alpha Boys' School for research and interviews.

The Alpha Boys' School was founded in 1880 in Kingston, Jamaica and was a boarding school run by Roman Catholic nuns.

Under a strict disciplinarian regime, wayward boys, many orphaned or from deeply troubled backgrounds and hailing from some of the toughest streets, in the world, went on to become the backbone of Jamaican jazz, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall, and dub.

Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music with a foreword by British DJ David Rodigan, is written in a narrative style with a wealth of interviews, exclusive photos, and archival material.

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