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  1. Jamaica and the Fair

    Thank you, Craig! And thank you for your help with researching this book. I am very appreciative!
  2. OPERATION JUMP UP: JAMAICA’S CAMPAIGN FOR A NATIONAL SOUND BY HEATHER AUGUSTYN RELEASED, AVAILABLE AT SKABOOK.COM OR AMAZON WORLDWIDE Operation Jump Up: Jamaica’s Campaign for a National Sound by Heather Augustyn has been published by Half Pint Press and released on November 1st. The book is the story of how ska came to America in 1964, including at the Singer Bowl at the World's Fair, and the events surrounding the comprehensive effort. It is a look at the period surrounding Jamaica’s independence on August 6, 1962 when ska music played in yards, dancehalls, and in recording studios while this new nation celebrated. The Jamaican government, tourist and business industry, and newly developing music industry made it their mission to debut this music through events they termed Operation Jump Up. This book is a detailed narrative of that effort and how, for a brief time, ska rivaled the Beatles and the Twist. Operation Jump Up: Jamaica’s Campaign for a National Sound is the sixth book from Augustyn on Jamaican music and culture. The book features dozens of interviews with musicians, businessmen, and government officials involved in the efforts including the Honorable Edward Seaga who served as Jamaica’s prime minister from 1980 to 1989 and was charged with leading his country’s efforts to promote music and culture in the early 1960s. Other exclusive interviews include Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell; Minister of Information, Youth, Sports & Culture, the Hon. Olivia Grange; vocalist Millie Small of “My Boy Lollipop” fame; Federal Records Engineer Graeme Goodall; band manager and advertising executive Ronnie Nasralla; and musicians Bob Andy, Keith Lyn, Carlos Malcolm, Roy Panton, Lynn Taitt, and others. The book also includes exclusive photographs and memorabilia that supplements personal narratives and archival material. Augustyn is also author of Alpha Boys’ School: Cradle of Jamaican Music with co-author Adam Reeves, Half Pint Press 2017; Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music, Half Pint Press 2016; Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist, McFarland 2013; Ska: An Oral History, McFarland 2010; and Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation, Scarecrow Press 2013. She is continuing lecture in the Department of English at Purdue Northwest and she has been invited to speak on Jamaican music at Rototom Sunsplash in Benicassim, Spain; the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, and throughout the United States. She lives with her husband and two boys in Chesterton, Indiana. Operation Jump Up: Jamaica’s Campaign for a National Sound is available at skabook.com and amazon.com.
  3. Quiz of the Day

    I am interested in this "large lollipop prop" as I am writing a book on this event--can you tell me how you know about the prop? And where I can find any info on this Millie Small Day? Thank you!
  4. Hi all! My name is Heather Augustyn and I am doing some research on Jamaica and the 1964 World's Fair. They debuted their national music and dance, the ska, at the Singer Bowl with Millie Small at the fair. There were a number of other events surrounding the promotion of their national music and dance, including performances by a number of other Jamaican musicians, and I am hoping that anyone with any memories of this can contact me. I am at haugustyn@yahoo.com. Thank you!