Miss Pat’s ‘My Reggae Music Journey’ launched in Jamaica | Entertainment
A packed house turned out at UWI Mona Regional Headquarters for the launch of Patricia Chin’s book, My reggae musical journey. Chin is the co-founder and CEO of New York-based reggae label VP Records, and she’s currently in Jamaica on a flurry of activity to promote the release.
The book was officially launched last Thursday by Professor Donna Hope, President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, Dr Dave Gosse, Director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, and Professor Emeritus Carolyn Cooper, guest speaker.
“When we see what Miss Pat has produced, let’s not assume she’s one of those uptown people who exploited our culture. She comes out of the bed of Jamaican culture. Born into humble circumstances, she learned valuable lessons from her parents who wanted her to succeed,” Cooper explained.
“Coming from a small island to the big city (NYC), Miss Pat brought all the elements of a great storyline. It’s a classic achievement,” she said.
In the 200-plus-page book, Chin recounts his astonishing odyssey from humble beginnings in a small downtown Kingston record shack to VP Records, eventually becoming the largest independent reggae record label in the world.
Chin spoke of his love for Jamaica and reggae music.
“I’m a born Jamaican…I love my country so much that even when I’m in America, my spirit is at home in Jamaica. Reggae music, my community and my culture mean a lot to me. I hope that when you will read my book, you will understand how much I love my culture. As I always tell my friends, I am just a shade of black lighter,” Chin said.
Written with Anicee Gaddis, John Masouri, Alex Lee and James ‘Jazz’ Goring, My reggae musical journey covers six decades of music history. It records the rise and development of the famous Randy’s Record Mart and Studio 17, which Miss Pat co-founded with her late husband Vincent “Randy” Chin in downtown Kingston.
The book was designed by Greek artist Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest, and features original artwork by the late Michael “Freestylee” Thompson.
Dozens of never-before-seen photographs, including artist and family photos, are included in the book which is available in print, downloadable electronic version as well as audiobook format narrated by Fae Ellington.
The event also included the unveiling of a new portrait of Miss Pat and a poster display of portraits of dozens of iconic Jamaicans by Papaefstathiou.