Lloyd Bradley

Lloyd Bradley (born 21 January 1955) is a British music journalist and author.


Born in London to recent Jamaican immigrants,[1] Bradley discovered Jamaican music during his teenage years, while going out in the North London-based sound systems and created his own, named "Dark Star System", in the late 1960s.

He worked on several magazines in their early years, including Q and Empire for Emap Metro, and launched Big! for the same company. Together with Mat Snow, he developed Maxim for Dennis Publishing, and worked on the launch of Encore magazine in 1994 for Haymarket. He then joined GQ as an editor, moving in 2003 to US company Rodale as an editorial consultant on Men's Health and Runner's World magazines.

Bradley is currently a freelance journalist and consultant for many titles, and is developing a series of international city running guides and health and fitness books. He is also working on a biography of George Clinton, that sets P-Funk in its correct socio-political context. His journalistic contributions have been published in NME, Black Music magazine, The Guardian and Mojo, among other publications.

Bradley's Bass Culture (2001) is considered as one of the most important books on reggae music,[1] and he was associate producer of the BBC2 series Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music. His most recent book is Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital, which was published to positive reviews in 2013.[2][3][4][5]

Lloyd Bradley is also a classically trained chef.[6]


  • "A Life in Football Ian Wright My Autobiography", London, Constable, 2016
  • Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital, London: Serpent's Tail, 2013. ISBN 978-1846687617
  • Rock Year Book Vol. 9, Virgin Books, 1988. ISBN 0-86369-278-8
  • Rock Yearbook, St Martin's Press, UK, 1989. ISBN 0-312-02134-8
  • Soul on CD: The Essential Guide, 1994, Kyle Cathie Ltd, UK, ISBN 1-85626-162-X
  • Leader The Autobiography of Gary Glitter, London, Ebury Press, 1991
  • Reggae on CD: The Essential Guide, first edition, Trafalgar Square Publishing, UK, 1996, ISBN 1-85626-177-8
  • Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story, London Bridge, UK, 1999. ISBN 1-85410-657-0
  • Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music, photographs by Dennis Morris, BBC Books, UK, 2001. ISBN 0-563-48807-7
  • The Rough Guide To Running, Rough Guide, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84353-909-4
  • The Rough Guide to Men's Health, Rough Guide, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84836-004-4

Same book under different editions:

  • UK: Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King, Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2001. ISBN 0-14-023763-1
  • USA: This Is Reggae Music: The Story of Jamaica's Music, Grove Press, USA, 2001. ISBN 0-8021-3828-4
  • France: Bass Culture: Quand le Reggae était roi, translation Manuel Rabasse, 2005, Editions Allia, France. ISBN 2-84485-174-6
  • Germany: Bass Culture Der Siegeszug des Reggae, Hanibal. ISBN 3-85445-209-8
  • Japan: Bass Culture, Shinko. ISBN 978-4-401-63145-2
  • Italy: Bass Culture: La Musica dalla Giamaica: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dub & dancehall, Shake Edizioni. ISBN 978-88-88865-68-3
  • Spain: Bass Culture: La historia del reggae, translation Tomás González Cobos. Acuarela & A. Machado, Spain. ISBN 978-84-7774-217-3


  1. ^ a b Review "Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King by Lloyd Bradley Bradley", reggaezine.co
  2. ^ Ian Thomson, "Sounds Like London by Lloyd Bradley, review" ("a lively history of the enduring impact of black music on British life"), The Telegraph, 22 September 2013.
  3. ^ Sukhdev Sandhu, "Sounds Like London by Lloyd Bradley – review" ("A welcome homage to London's black musicians covers the styles that other surveys miss"), The Guardian, 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ Margaret Busby, "Book review: Sounds Like London: 100 Years Of Black Music In The Capital, By Lloyd Bradley" ("This survey of the capital's black music-makers is not just a fine anthology but also social history"), The Independent, 20 September 2013.
  5. ^ Bim Adewunmi, "Sounds Like London by Lloyd Bradley: An intensive, lovingly written account of 100 years of black music in the capital", New Statesman, 22 August 2013.
  6. ^ Lloyd Bradley biography, Sounds Like London website.

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