Dennis Brown: Words of Wisdom Album and Bombed Out!
Above Photo: Dennis Brown from the inside sleeve of Words of Wisdom.
My first ever trip to London was in December 1980, and I mention it briefly in my Punk and New Wave memoir Bombed Out!, because it coincided with the murder of John Lennon, which I remember watching unfold on TV screens in a high street electrical shop window in East London.
During that trip I bought a superb Reggae album by Dennis Brown, called ‘Words of Wisdom’. Released in 1979, it only cost me a pound to buy, because it had no cover, and still remains that way in my record collection, in the inner sleeve only.
The album provided some of a fantastic Reggae backdrop to my studies, during the period mentioned in the book, and even today when I listen to it, it powerfully takes me back to those times.
I love the way music can do that: certain tracks wrap themselves around specific memories of events or times in your life – both good and bad.
This was something I was very conscious of as I wrote Bombed Out!, which is why it’s littered with musical references starting from 1966, when Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots were made for Walkin’ was in the charts, right up until the book ends, when Culture Club were at Number One in October 1983, with Karma Chameleon.
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I’ve added You Tube links to two of my many favourite tracks off Dennis Brown’s Words Of Wisdom album below:
So Jah Say:
Don’t Feel No Way: