Thanks goes out to John Hannon for sharing his September 10th, 1985 PCRL recording with us. Cecil Morris is on the streets of Handsworth the morning after the riots that caused major damage to the local Handsworth area. He is talking amongst others, to Cllr James Hunte, Cecil had also during the riots called for calm over PCRL airways. Photos: Central News
This book was published in 2021 and it devotes a whole chapter (20 pages) to PCRL. Although at £85 it's will have a limited audience. Thanks goes out to work Dr. Lisa Amanda Palmer. Can be found on Amazon.
This book explores the history of reggae in modern Britain from the time it emerged as a cultural force in the 1970s. As basslines from Jamaica reverberated across the Atlantic, so they were received and transmitted by the UK’s Afro-Caribbean community. From roots to lovers’ rock, from deejays harnessing the dancehall crowd to dub poets reporting back from the socio-economic front line, British reggae soundtracked the inner-city experience of black youth. In time, reggae’s influence permeated the wider culture, informing the sounds and the language of popular music whilst also retaining a connection to the street-level sound systems, clubs and centres that provided space to create, protest and innovate. This book is therefore a testament to struggle and ingenuity, a collection of essays tracing reggae’s importance to both the culture and the politics of late twentieth and early twenty-first century Britain.
Deejay Paris Walker takes you on an insight into how the Modern Dancehall Reggae Music Industry was started in the UK, with this Interview with Pioneer and Birmingham , UK Deejay Legend Trevor Ranks.
What makes Trevor Ranks a Pioneer of the Modern Dancehall Reggae Music Industry in Birmingham, is that he was involved in every aspect, of the Reggae Music Industry. Trevor Ranks has had a Glittering Retail Sales Career in shops such as Summit Records, Direct Link, Dance Rock Records and Now Generation Records selling thousands of vinyl records to the UK public throughout the 1980's and 1990's.
Trevor Ranks, as Sound System Selector, for the Legendary Love "Inting" International Sound System, dominated a drew huge crowds to Blue Parties, Night Clubs and Concert Venues and as a Radio Deejay on Birmingham UK's First Black Community Radio Station PCRL Radio, launched the careers of numerous Birmingham Reggae Recording Artists.
This is an interview that charts how it all came about .....