Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Reading List… Dancehall

I love when I find a book that investigates a particular scene or sub-culture.  Beth Lesser’s Dancehall captures the Jamaican Dancehall culture of the 1980s with the same level of sincerity and curiosity that Brassai exhibited while capturing Paris nightlife in the 1930s.



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  1. FashionUm

    January 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Classic, love it. You are interested in dancehall, this world is so small…

    Show Your Outfit!

  2. Sofia

    January 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I really love the glasses on the first photo!♥

  3. Serena

    January 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    love the cap!

  4. IRENE

    January 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    this is really cool
    that is a culture i really appreciate,
    and im glad u are sharing this kind of pics with us!


  5. paul gonzales

    January 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    What a cool pic!

  6. Eric

    January 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Long live Eek-A-Mouse.

    Also, nice firearm. Now that’s a fashion piece.

  7. Brian

    January 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Soul Jazz records put out 2 sets of amazing Dancehall music to go along with the book. Keep an eye out for them.

  8. Cristián Pavez Díaz

    January 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    In here dancehall music does exist, but people who listens to it don’t dress as well. I wish they did!

    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.

    @cristianpavezd on Twitter.

  9. Damoiseau WM

    January 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I love the look and the appearance of the first one!


  10. Paola

    January 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The first photograph is just incredible. One of the best portraits I have seen as of late due to the energy and ambience it portrays.



  11. Paul

    January 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Interesting post.

  12. Emily Ulrich

    January 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I must say, I’ve yet to hear of this book! You’ve definitely spiked an interest, though. Analyses of the creative cultures have always been spots of enjoyment.

  13. Elle of Chellbellz

    January 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Ugh, love Caribbean Culture! and the way our men dress, so clean and cut.

  14. Viktória

    January 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    OMG!!!! My favorite type of music is DANCEHALL!!!! I would’ve never thought that you are interested in but I love it!!!!! Greetings from Hungary!

  15. CBC

    January 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    this guy is hot…sexy slouch…Lesser is brave or crazy to stand in front of those guns..intersting

  16. dragon fruit

    January 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    this looks fantastic, so lively. i have to read it!


  17. L Armond

    January 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Tried to copy of George Clinton video link for you, but they have taken it down. But, for your viewing pleasure, Ladies and Gentlement, may I present The Hustle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFz2WkVAk38&list=FLnr62o2y0W2fPeIB2axhV8w&index=32&feature=plpp_video

  18. debra

    January 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Scott I appreciate this post wonderful love it. only you would post this love it.

  19. Hillary

    January 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Now, this is my jam!


  20. Kim

    January 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    You should see Dancehall now – it is a mixture of P Diddy bling and super-tailored suits. Email me for more.


    January 18, 2012 at 4:10 am

    The sunglasses and the whole ensemble oozes with style and dancehall… a trip down memory lane. Fantastic.


  22. anji

    January 18, 2012 at 4:41 am

    dance hall now is a WHOLE different ball game. Its a mixture of harajuku ( for the women) and gangster bling/ punk rock ( for the men). You should go visit…. it will change your sartorial life.

  23. antique engagement rings

    January 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

    I love the second photo!

  24. The Stylish Mr Gordon

    January 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

    It is nice to see that someone as influential as you have taken the time to feature culture from the Island of Jamaica. The styles here are great. But films like Rockers and The Harder They Come also capture Jamaican dress sense with dancehall / reggae at the heart. Jamaican’s are a proud people and even up to today clothing and dressing up has its place in our culture. Puma are benefiting from the Jamaican / Usain Bolt influence now in the same way Jamaicans popularized the Clark Desert boots back in the early 90’s.

  25. Marianne Rafter

    January 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I’m getting a huge flashback to the movie The Harder They Come. These guys are just as cool. Fun posting!

  26. nrod

    January 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    original rude boys… real tastemakers

  27. Kimi

    January 19, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Making a real proud Jamaican outta me. Dancehall style in the 80′s was much more deliberate and cleaner than it is now.
    I’m sure the book does a deep exploration of where dancehall came from.
    Greetings from Jamaica!
    You and Garance make my days!

  28. Kimi

    January 19, 2012 at 2:39 am

    It’s great to see a post about Jamaican culture.
    Dancehall’s style was a lot more deliberate and clean in the 80′s.
    Greetings from Jamaica!
    You and Garance make my days!

    Much love.

  29. Makami

    January 19, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Retro images! Always charm in them!

  30. localceleb

    January 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

    So very cool, even going to a dancehall now and having the experience is amazing-

  31. Cristiana Nunes

    January 19, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Cool, so cool!

  32. AnthonyC

    January 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    While the fashion is a lot of fun, the entire culture – graphics, language, food and especially the music – ska, rocksteady – is wonderful. Ever see a picture of Bob Marley pre-reggae? Great stuff. There is a Ian Fleming, James Bond connection as well.

  33. Jenissa

    January 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I’m so going to grab this book! Thanks for sharing :)


    January 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Another great subculture book (used for fashion inspiration) is:


  35. Sonya

    January 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Awesome post! I love the photos.

  36. John

    February 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Love the footwear, Clarks Originals. Shame about the gun.

  37. Star

    February 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Love it. You and Garance are the greatest

  38. Name*Tigerlee

    February 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I am amazed you took the the time to look at a small subcultural scene and i am happy I am of jamaican heritage and the scene now is way bigger than people really know and it has influenced many if not majority of r&b,dance,grime ,garage scene. The fashion is big and glamourous in a funky way , big dances now the women where ballgowns etc and no exspense is spared very massive scene I am actually trying to bring this to the attention of some of our top high flyers of fashion.

  39. Myriam

    February 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

    This aictrle is wonderful! So inspiring I’m officially crossing over into the bangs-world because she makes it look so effortless and beautiful. Any advice for bangs with a heart-shaped face?

  40. Marisol2191

    February 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Even though, dancehall as a subculture, has changed a lot from what these photographs show, its remarkable the effort to point out these wonderful scenes. Sometimes fashion world shows us just one side of the picture, and we miss a lot of beautiful and worthy design and ryhtmic expressions.

  41. Shepherdessence

    March 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Yup, real yawdy, love it!

  42. julian

    November 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Love the glasses, trousers and neckerchief in the upper photo

    Never really been a hat lover at all really

  43. Riddim Daddy

    August 8, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Nice post and we know a thing or two about dancehall check us out at


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