Just been reading this and I thought I’d share it with you:
“It comes down to what one particularly perceptive critic classed as an element of the reggae cognoscenti who loved to hear about artists suffering in the ghetto.
“Yet to make these records valid then the artist has to suffer in the ghetto – but the cognoscenti haven’t worked this out yet. It has also been termed with deadly insight by a Jamaican producer as the “zinc fence mentality” where moody, downbeat photographs of Kingston’s notorious ghettos are paraded to sell a product yet every last one of the poor inhabitants of these slums can’t wait to get out of them.
“It’s a very odd, patronising and discriminatory perspective where supposed “fans” of the music would rather see their “heroes” continue to struggle than to get on in life.”
BTW there are no prizes, but does anyone recognise where I copied it from?