Lloyd Bradley has been writing about black music in Britain, the US and the Caribbean for over thirty years. Sounds Like London is his second major book on the subject, following his best selling history of Jamaican music, Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King.

Former sound system owner, pirate radio deejay, classically-trained chef and advisor to the British Council, Lloyd Bradley is one of the UK's leading experts on black music. He contributes to a range of publications and broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic, and was Associate Producer of BBC2's award winning series Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music. In 2000 Penguin published Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King, which has since been translated into seven different languages and accepted in the UK and Jamaica as the definitive work on the subject.  


A life-long Londoner – practically all of his years on just two pages of the A-Z – Lloyd can remember the Notting Hill Carnival as a few hundred people and two steel bands; has rubbed off wallpaper in Dalston blues dances; jumped up to afro-funk in Belsize Park; and stumbled in to Crackers' Friday lunchtime sessions still "in recovery" from Thursday night Upstairs at Ronnie's. There is perhaps nobody better qualified to uncover the hidden history of black music in the city. "When I started writing, at Blues & Soul in 1978, I could see this story of our own black music building up. With Sounds Like London I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity
to tell it." 

Praise for Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King

"A brilliant, comprehensive history of Jamaica's principal 20th Centruy art form" Q

“Dizzying in its scope, meticulous in its attention to detail, written with passion, style
and gusto.” Independent on Sunday

“A compelling musical and social history" The Face

"A coruscating rollercoaster ride through murder, major label gripes, ganja paranoia
and racism, the first comprehensive history of every aspect of reggae.” Mojo

"Bass Culture is a tour de force of musical history” Straight No Chaser

“With flair, skill, passion and stamina, Bradley fluidly traces Jamaican music’s odyssey."
Publishers Weekly

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