In Print: Extra Classic Gives White Reggae a Good Name, and More

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Extra Classic: If the idea of white kids in San Francisco appropriating authentic Jamaican music makes you a little squeamish, you're not alone. But after spending a couple of hours with Extra Classic's Adrianne Verhoeven and Alex deLanda at their Inner Richmond apartment on a beautiful mid-September Sunday afternoon, it's clear that they haven't just done their homework; they're committed scholars of the genre. Over mimosas and an eclectic soundtrack that includes Roots Radics' At Channel One Kingston Jamaica, the conversation moves from musical inspirations -- Scientist, Lloyd Barnes, Marcia Griffiths -- to books -- David Katz's Lee "Scratch" Perry biography People Funny Boy, and Stephen Davis and Peter Simon's Reggae Bloodlines.

"I think it's important to recognize that it is a black genre, and it's important for us to respect it for what it is," says deLanda. "We'd never sing about Jah. As far as white people being influenced by Jamaican music, here in the States it's less acceptable than in other places..." [continue reading]

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