TT – Desperadoes – Musical Conquerors takes its reader on “a chronological journey of the history of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, noting several critical events and paying homage to key personalities, such as Lennard “Spike Jones” Edwards, Carl Greenidge, Clive Bradley, Rudolph “The Hammer” Charles, Roy Cape, Pat Bishop, Raymond “Artie” Shaw, Robert Greenidge, David Davis, Ursula Tudor, Dennis “Tash” Ash, (and) Carlton “Zanda” Alexander just to name a few,” a release said.
Edison Holder wrote the book and it was launched on October 27 at West Indian Tobacco Company, Champs Fleurs.
The release added that the book examines the orchestra’s place in TT’s political and social climate and provides supporting anecdotes and testimonies.
The book details the history of the orchestra from its origins in the 1930s, early successes, triumphs and trials all the way through to 2020, the release added. To tell its story it uses images, newspaper clippings and stories.