Kim Johnson’s Illustrated Story celebrates power, glory of steelpan in Trinidad and Tobago

TT – While it may not be an academic textbook, The Illustrated Story of Pan is possibly the most comprehensive and accessible history of the steelpan.

Written by the former director of the Carnival Institute of TT, Dr Kim Johnson, the book is a collection of hundreds of pictures as well as interviews with pan pioneers, many of whom have died, conducted by Johnson over the decades.

First published by UTT in 2011, The Illustrated Story of Pan gained good reviews and sold out fairly quickly. Johnson explained to Sunday Newsday he got requests for copies from booksellers all over the world every year, so he decided to produce a second edition.

“I decided to reprint, make any corrections, change the design of the cover, and update the last chapter, where I looked at steelpan in today’s context. It all took about a year to complete.”

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