The Roots and Routes of Reggae from Jamaica to Italy

  • Susanna Scarparo
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)


This chapter discusses reggae’s emergence from the sound systems first in Jamaica and later in London during the 1960s and the 1970s. While both reggae’s international commercialization and its subcultural associations in London were to be crucial to its eventual re-contextualization, glocalization, and transculturation in Italy from the early 1980s, this process was initially delayed due to the rigid ideology of Italy’s Marxist youth counter-culture of the 1970s. Nevertheless, the chapter argues that the early local Italian reggae scenes of the 1980s emerged from the remains of the 1970s movement, building upon its synthesis of local and foreign cultural forms and its politicization of musical consumption and production.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna Scarparo
    • 1
  • Mathias Sutherland Stevenson
    • 2
  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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