An Odyssey in Reggae and Journalism

A treasure trove for lovers of reggae and budding journalists

Book Description

Are you considering a career in journalism?

Do you love Reggae Music?

This mesmerizing memoir recounts Howard McGowan’s almost 5-decade odyssey in Journalism, specifically his 23-years at The Gleaner from 1974 to 1997 and his unbroken 34-year tenure with the Tastee Talent Trail. The book explores the challenges McGowan faced in persuading The Gleaner to provide extensive coverage of Reggae Events and documents his progression from a sub-editor to The Gleaner’s first Entertainment Editor, thereby paving the way for a slew of entertainment journalists today in Jamaica.

The must-read encompasses his no-holes-barred coverage of entertainment/entertainers and contains colourful anecdotes regarding same. It also delves into the politically tumultuous period in Jamaica from 1976 to 1980, during which he was tasked with covering both General Elections. This book is not just an inspiration for future journalists and music lovers but a national treasure as it documents Jamaica’s history and the development of the music industry in Jamaica.

 Chapter 9: Advantages of Going Incognito

About the Author –

Howard McGowan

Hitherto his arrival at The Gleaner in 1974, coverage of Reggae was hidden behind a veil. Following his stint in architecture gained in New York and his foray into Creative Writing and Journalism, McGowan chose to return to Jamaica, and in so doing, established himself as a topflight entertainment journalist. With his in-your-face style journalism, Howard McGowan removes that veil to reveal the music’s potency.

A Must-Read You'll Love...

  • Current and aspiring journalists will be taken on a journey of covering entertainment by eminent journalist Howard McGowan.
  • A hands-on report of Jamaica’s musical heritage spanning three decades highlighting the convergence of Reggae/Dance Hall.
  • First-person report on interactions with personalities of the ilk of Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Sophia George, Leroy Smart, Papa San, and Sister Charmaine, etc.
  • A front-row seat to the evolution of music idioms, stage, and talent shows spearheaded by the ultra-successful Tastee Talent Contest.
  • A vault once opened will enrich readers in a captivating storyline from the pen of the Gleaner’s first Entertainment Editor. A fascinating read.

Order From the Author

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Delivery Charges (at the cost of the customer) ● Kingston Corporate Area: JMD $700 (US $7) ● Other Parishes: JMD $1,500 (US $10) ● Overseas – USA, Canada and UK – JMD $2,000 (US $20)


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