It's that time of year and I am in a giving mood! As a way of thanking all the readers who have visited the MOTB blog over the last 11 months, I'm planning to do a few periodic giveaways between now and the end of the year. If it proves popular, I will look to make giveaways a more regular feature of the blog in 2011.
Up for grabs is a free copy of the must have ska book of 2010 -- 'Ska: An Oral History' written by Heather Augustyn. The book features the personal stories and oral histories of over 30 different Jamaican, English, and American ska musicians including never-before heard words from such greats as The Skatalites’ Doreen Shaffer, Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Knibb, and Lester Sterling; Derrick Morgan and Patsy (Millicent Todd); Lyn Taitt; Laurel Aitken; Toots Hibbert; Millie Small; Alex Hughes (Judge Dread); The Specials’ Roddy Byers (Roddy Radiation); The Beat’s Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger; Lee "Kix" Thompson from Madness; The Selecter’s Pauline Black; and Buster Bloodvessel of Bad Manners. I reviewed a copy of the book back in October (read the review here) and conducted an interview with Augustyn back in May (read the interview here). Need more convincing? Have a look at some of the reviews the book is garnering across the ska and reggae blogosphere including: Trojan Records and The Jamaican Gleaner.
So how can YOU get a copy of 'Ska: An Oral History' by Heather Augustyn for free? The book give away is open to MOTB blog readers who sign-up to join the blog e-mail distribution list between today November 16th and Tuesday November 30th (think of this as a membership drive - one that will keep you up-to-date on the types of information and news you are used to reading on the blog as well as special offers). Just send an e-mail with the subject line 'Ska Book' to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. I will randomly select one winner to receive the book and one runner-up who will receive a free copy of the new Bigger Thomas CD 'Steal My Sound' featuring 10 2-Tone inspired ska and reggae songs and art-work designed by original 2-Tone and Chrysalis Records artist John 'Teflon' Sims. The winner of the MOTB book giveaway will be drawn on November 30th 2010. Good luck and start sending in those e-mails!
If you are interested in buying the book, it is available for sale on Amazon.com. Click below: