The Illustrated Story of Pan, Second Edition is the definitive story of Pan – the instrument, the music, the steelbands and their social, cultural and political history, from the earliest days to the present.
Hundreds of photos and pioneers’ verbatim accounts never before published, stories of adventure and discovery, of love and danger, have been threaded along the author’s narrative to produce this monumental epic of musicians and scientists, street fighters and politicians, schoolteachers and their students, promoters and activists, but mostly ordinary people who achieved extraordinary things.
It is the story of Trinidad All Stars and Renegades and Desperadoes and Phase II and Exodus and all the other big steelbands, but also the small bands, Boys Town, Boom Town and Stepyard, the extinct bands, the Tripoli, Bar 20 and Red Army, the “college boy” bands like Dixieland, Dixie Stars, Stromboli and Rogues Regiment, and of course the countless men and women, girls and boys, who created this marvel.
About Kim Johnson
Kim Johnson is a researcher, journalist and filmmaker. He has published several books on history and culture of Trinidad & Tobago, for which he was awarded the Anthony Sabga Award for Excellence in Arts & Letters in 2011. His books include The Fragrance of Gold: Trinidad in the Age of Discovery; Descendants of the Dragon; If Yuh Iron Good You Is King and The illustrated Story of Pan. Johnson’s films include the prize-winning PAN! Our Music Odyssey; Re-Percussions; and March of the Mokos.
He is also an active blogger. Check his blog here : www.santimanitayblog.com
Ronald Iton –
Just received this book yesterday so I have not had an opportunity to start reading it. From a quick scan it seems to be everything I expected – full of historic nuggets and unique insights. The ShopCaribe experience was very good. They were courteous, professional and responsive.