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November 12, 2012

Clarks in Jamaica: A Book About Clarks’ Popularity in Jamaica

Clarks in Jamaica is the latest book by DJ and designer Al Fingers which provides a interesting take and history on Clarks’s celebrated status on the island – where for decades they have ruled as the “champion shoes.”

On the creation of the book Al Fingers says: “Being from England, I have always been intrigued by the Jamaican fascination with Clark’s shoes and the way they are referenced within Jamaican music. Whilst Vybz Kartel’s song ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, the relationship goes back way further, and in compiling this book I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the work of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who had sung about Clarks many years before.”

Featuring current and historic photographs, interviews and never-before-seen archival material, there is particular focus on the Jamaican singers, producers and musicians who have worn and sung about Clarks shoes throughout the years. Written and designed by Al Fingers and featuring new photographs by Mark Read, Clarks in Jamaica is available at select bookshops on November 19 for £30 GBP (approximately $47 USD).



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