THE HALF THAT’S NEVER BEEN TOLD: DOCTOR DREAD ON GREGORY ISAACS
In his upcoming memoir The Half That’s Never Been Told: The Real-Life Reggae Adventures of Doctor Dread (out March 3 through Akashic Books), RAS Records founder Gary Himelfarb—better known as “Doctor Dread”—recounts his experiences working with some of reggae’s most colorful figures. The book includes entire sections on Bunny Wailer (who wrote the foreword), Freddie McGregor and Israel Vibration, among other RAS Records acts, but the most revealing chapter belongs to reggae’s great enigma, Gregory Isaacs.
In an exclusive preview of The Half That’s Never Been Told for LargeUp, Doctor Dread details the complexities of working with the Cool Ruler, unflinchingly chronicling his experiences doing business with the talented but troubled Jamaican troubadour, who passed away at age 59 in 2010. Read the book’s “Gregory Isaacs” chapter in full and check out a gallery of pics from the book below: