Half That's Never Been Told
Doctor Dread

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Narrated By: Cary Hite

Duration: 8 hours and 2 minutes

What to expect

A passionate memoir and fearless behind-the-scenes look at the personal lives of the biggest reggae stars in the world

Doctor Dread has committed his life to producing reggae music and releasing it on his label, RAS Records. He has become one of the world’s foremost reggae producers and has worked with almost all the genre’s icons: Bunny Wailer, Black Uhuru, Ziggy and Damian Marley, Gregory Isaacs, and others. This book, full of behind-the-scenes stories, has shocking chapters that reveal aspects of reggae never before explored.


Biography: arts and entertainment, Popular music, Music recording and reproduction, Music, Music industry, Biography: arts and entertainment, Composers and songwriters, Musicians, singers, bands and groups

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“No reggae fan can afford to miss this lively, rich, from-the-hip account from one of the industry’s most unlikely visionaries. And no human being can afford to miss this story of spiritual questing, cultural boundary-crossing, and the transformative power of music.”

Adam Mansbach, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“From the very inside of the Jamaican music business and its gnarly secrets to his intimate contacts with its greatest movers and shakers, Doctor Dread has told a story only he can fully elucidate. Amusing, insightful, deeply revealing, and certain to be controversial, Doc’s book pulls the covers off Bunny Wailer, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, and countless other world-famous iconic figures, giving us the day-to-day tussles and rewards of being one of the prime exposers of Jah Music in North America through his award-winning RAS Records…Highly recommended.”

Roger Steffens, founding editor of The Beat and founding chairman of the Reggae Grammy Committee

“This book should be on the shelf of any serious lover of reggae…Not only is Himelfarb a great storyteller…he is also a talented writer.”


“Impassioned and engaging.”


“A heartfelt tribute to Caribbean roots music and those who keep it alive.”