June 29, 2023

New Book: "I-ROY" by Eric Doumerc

Geoffrey Philp

“I Roy” is a tribute to the late great Jamaican deejay, who died in tragic circumstances in November 1999 and is rightfully considered one of the greatest Jamaican deejays and innovators in reggae.

The book delivers a history of the Jamaican toasting tradition, an overview of I-Roy's career, and the different aspects of his artistry.

It also includes chapters by the former Beat journalist and reggae enthusiast Michael Turner analyzing I-Roy's 45 rpm records, by James Danino, a reggae activist and deejay living in France on the Mento and Calypso roots of I-Roy's music, and the bawdy or smutty side of his toasts and by David Bousquet about the musical feud between I-Roy and another well-known 1970s deejay, Prince Jazzbo (Linval Carter).

’I-Roy’ is available in hardcover and paperback from APS Books (www.andrewsparke.com) and in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions from Amazon worldwide.


Eric Doumerc teaches English at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, southwestern France. His research interests include Caribbean poetry, music, and the Caribbean oral tradition. In addition to ‘I-Roy,’ he is the author of ‘Dub Poets In Their Own Words’ (2017), Jamaican Music In England From the 1960s to the 1990s (2018), and ‘The Life And Times Of Joseph Hill and Culture’ (201.9), all published by APS Books.

He is currently working on a critical examination of the recordings of Burning Spear.

For further information, please contact andrewsparkauthore@gmail.com

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