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The islander : my life in music and beyond / Chris Blackwell with Paul Morley.

Blackwell, Chris, 1937- (author.). Morley, Paul, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781982172695
  • ISBN: 198217269X
  • Physical Description: xiv, 334 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Gallery Books edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: nearly the end... -- School versus Errol Flynn -- The fifties, Jamaica: finding a purpose -- The sixties, London: making contact -- Hits, misses, and the human host -- Folk: new allies and new sounds -- Meeting Cat Stevens -- Meeting Bob Marley -- Voices, visionaries, and videos -- The seventies: St. Peter's square, Hammersmith -- The eighties: compass point, the Bahamas -- Timing: Grace Jones and the all stars -- Meeting U2 -- The nineties: shifting ground -- Moving on: for the love of Jamaica -- Epilogue: whatever next.
Summary, etc.:
"Chris Blackwell, like the paradigm-shifting artists he came to support over his sixty-plus years in the music business, never took the conventional route. He grew up between Jamaica and London, crossing paths with Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, and Errol Flynn. After being expelled from an elite British school for rebellious behavior in 1954 at age seventeen, he moved back to Jamaica, and within five years, founded Island Records--the company that would make an indelible mark on music, shifting with the times, but always keeping its core identity intact. The Islander is the story of Blackwell and his cohorts at Island Records, who time and again, identified, nurtured, and broke out musicians who had been overlooked by bigger record labels, including Steve Winwood, Nick Drake, John Martyn, and Cat Stevens. After an impromptu meeting with Bob Marley and his bandmates in 1972, Blackwell decided to fund and produce their groundbreaking album Catch a Fire. He'd go on to work with Marley over the rest of his career, remain his close friend, and continually champion Jamaican culture and reggae music. In the ensuing years, Blackwell worked with U2, Grace Jones, the B-52s, Tom Waits, Robert Palmer, Tom Tom Club, and many other groundbreaking artists. He also opened the first Jamaican boutique hotel, on the property of Ian Fleming's former home, Goldeneye, where all the James Bond books were written. Blackwell is a legendary as well as deeply humble raconteur, and reading The Islander is like spending a day with the most interesting man in the world."--Amazon.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 June #1
    Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, was born in London, the son of an English businessman and a Jamaican mother of Sephardic Jewish heritage, but grew up in 1940s and 1950s Jamaica, where Rastafarians were considered "more as a violent gang" than a religious movement. Then one fateful day, as he recalls, Rastas came to his aid after a boating incident. This was a life-changing experience, leading, 17 years later, to his working with Bob Marley, Rastafarianism's "most celebrated advocate. Blackwell is a natural storyteller, writing vividly about how his mother was a friend of novelist Ian Fleming as well as the inspiration for the characters played by Ursula Andress and Honor Blackman in the James Bond movie adaptations. He recalls Island Records' golden decades, the 1970s and 1980s, when he worked with John Martyn, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Jimmy Cliff, U2, Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Grace Jones, and, of course, Marley. His memoir should be of interest to anyone curious about the backstory of an important record label as well as to readers who enjoy personal accounts of lives gloriously well-lived. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Chris Blackwell is the founder of Island Records, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is credited with being responsible for turning the world on to reggae music. Blackwell spent his childhood in Jamaica and founded Island Records at the age of twenty-two. He went on to forge the careers of Bob Marley, Cat Stevens, Grace Jones, and U2, among many other high-profile acts, and produced records including Marley’s Catch a Fire and Uprising. Blackwell currently runs Island Outpost, a group of elite resorts in Jamaica, which includes Goldeneye—the former home of author Ian Fleming.

Paul Morley is a writer, broadcaster, and cultural critic who has covered music, art, and entertainment since the 1970s. A founding member of the electronic collective Art of Noise and a member of staff at the Royal Academy of Music, he is the author of a number of books about music including the bestselling The Age of Bowie and A Sound Mind: How I Fell in Love with Classical Music and Decided to Rewrite its Entire History. He collaborated with music icon Grace Jones on her memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, and his two most recent books are biographies of Bob Dylan, You Lose Yourself, You Reappear, and Tony Wilson of Factory Records, From Manchester With Love.

Subject: Blackwell, Chris, 1937-
Sound recording executives and producers > England > Biography.
Popular music > Great Britain > History and criticism.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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