Music Library & Sound Recordings Archives

Reggae Music Resources

General Historical Surveys of Reggae Music

LD 4191 .O61 no. 1449 (1st floor)
Jah as Genre. 1993.

JL 639 .A15 W37 1985 (1st floor)
Race, Class and Political Symbols: Rastafari and Reggae in Jamaican Politics.1985.

ML 3532 .G74 1995 (Music Reference)
Boss Sounds: Classic Skinhead Reggae.1995.

ML 3532 .R45 1992
Reggae Island: Jamaican Music in the Digital Age.1992 and 1998.

ML 3532 .C536 1998
Reggae Routes: The Story of Jamaican Music.1998.

ML 420 .M3313 B66 1995.
Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom.1995.

ML 3486 .J3 C6
Jah Music. 1980.

ML 3565 .H42 1987
Cut 'N' Mix. 1987. (2 copies; Listening Center and open stacks)

ML 3532 .J63 1982
Reggae: Deep Roots Music. 1982.

ML 3565 .D39
Reggae International. 1982.

ML 420 .M3313 W5 1989
Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley. 1983 and 1989. (The 1983 Ed. is located in the open stacks; the 1989 Ed is located in the Listening Center)

Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Music Ref BL 2532 .R37 M84 1990
Rastafari and Reggae: A Dictionary and Sourcebook. 1990.

Music Ref ML 3532 .V57 1998
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae. 1998.


Music VHS Shanachie SH-1202
Roots, Rock, Reggae: Inside the Jamaican Music Scene. 1988.

Finding Additional Books in the BGSU Libraries Catalog

When looking for books in the BGSU Libraries Catalog, use the following subject terms:

Reggae Music
Reggae Music-History and Criticism
Reggae Musicians
Individual Musician's Names (last name, first name)

Finding Recordings in the BGSU Libraries Catalog

To see if the Music Library owns an album, search the BGSU Libraries Catalog. Look under the following:

Name of performer or group [author or subject search; last name, first name / keyword search]
Album title
Song title

NOTE: Many albums have excellent historical and biographical notes, and lyrics are frequently included on jackets or inner liners.


Finding Magazine Articles: Print and Online Periodical Indexes

Reader's Guide Full Text. 1983-present.
    1900-1985. (Located in first-floor
reference index area)

Academic Search Complete. 1984-present.

Humanities Index. 1974-1984. (Located in the first-floor reference index area)

Humanities International Complete. 1984-present

New York Times Historical. 1851-2004.
    Indexing for more recent issues of the New York Times is available via various databases, including
Newspaper Source.

The Music Index. 1978-present. Print copies are located in the Music Library and date from 1949-present.

Popular Music Periodicals Index, 1973-1976.

Ethnic NewsWatch.  1960-present.

Suggested Subject Terms:

Individual Musician's Names

Suggested Periodicals in the Music Library

The Beat. 1983 to present. (Formerly: Reggae and African Beat)

Internet Resources

There are many resources available on the internet for Reggae music.

Jammin Reggae Archives
The Reggae Source
Reggae and Ska

To seek additional information on Reggae music on the Internet, search Reggae Music or the name of a reggae performer.