Lloyd Bradley

Lloyd Bradley

100 Years of Black Music in the Capital

Lloyd Bradley is one of the UK’s leading experts on modern black music from Great Britain and Jamaica. 


With a background of over 30 years as a music journalist and a CV including Mojo, Blues & Soul, the Independent, Nylon, the Observer, Q Magazine, Esquire, Smash Hits, Music Week and the NME, Lloyd has specialized in black music made in the UK or Jamaica. He was among the UK’s first black pirate radio crew on the iconic Dread Broadcast Corporation; has written the world’s best-selling book ever on reggae music, Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King; was Associate Producer of BBC2’s award winning series Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music; and is author of the only book to trace the unique history of Britain’s black music and the people who made it, Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital. He has compiled and written sleevenotes for numerous soul, funk and reggae albums and has spoken and lectured on black music and its socio-cultural connection all over the UK, the US and Jamaica.


Lloyd has lectured in journalism and magazine theory and presentation in the UK and the US, devising and delivering courses for media studies and journalism students. He has lectured and spoken on music and its cultural resonances in Britain and Jamaica, most recently addressing the 2013 International Women’s Forum Cornerstone Conference in Montego Bay, on Music: An Instrument for Change. 



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