Lloyd Bradley

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Lloyd Bradley (born 20 September 1955) is a British music writer.


Born in London to recent Jamaican immigrants,[1] discovered Jamaican music in his teenage years, while going out in the North London-based sound systems and created his own, named Dark Star System, in the end of the 1960s.

He worked on several magazines in their early years including Q magazine and Empire for Emap Metro and launched Big! for that company. Together with Mat Snow he developed Maxim for Dennis Publishing, and worked on the launch of Encore magazine in 1994 for Haymarket. He then joined GQ as an editor, moving in 2003 to US company Rodale as an Editorial Consultant on Men's Health and Runner's World magazines.

He is currently a freelance journalist and consultant for many titles, and is developing a series of international city running guides and health and fitness books. He is also working on a biography of George Clinton, that sets P-Funk in its correct socio-political context. His journalistic contributions have been published in NME, Black Music Magazine, The Guardian, and Mojo among other publications. Bradley's Bass Culture (2001) is considered as one of the most important books on reggae music,[1] and he was Associate Producer of the BBC2 series Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music. Lloyd Bradley is also a classically trained chef.


Same book under different editions:

  • UK: Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King, Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2001. ISBN 0-14-023763-1
  • USA: This Is Reggae Music: The Story of Jamaica's Music, Grove Press, USA, 2001. ISBN 0-8021-3828-4
  • France: Bass Culture: Quand le Reggae était roi, translation Manuel Rabasse, 2005, Editions Allia, France. ISBN 2-84485-174-6
  • Germany: Bass Culture Der Siegeszug des Reggae, Hanibal. ISBN 3-85445-209-8
  • Japan: Bass Culture, Shinko. ISBN 978-4-401-63145-2
  • Italy: Bass Culture: La Musica dalla Giamaica: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dub & dancehall, Shake Edizioni. 978-88-88865-68-3


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