The genre's luminaries and local musicians feast their eyes on rarities such as Bob Marley's first single...

The EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT museum in SEATTLE opened its first international exhibition yesterday (June 8) with ISLAND REVOLUTION: JAMAICAN RHYTHM FROM SKA TO REGGAE, 1956-1981.

The exhibit, which traces the history of Jamaican popular music from ska and rocksteady, through the reggae explosion in the 70s, includes rare artefacts such as Bob Marley‘s first single, a melodica owned by Augustus Pablo, the electric guitar owned by ska king Jah Jerry, many rare photos and records by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and dub legend King Tubby’s four-track mixing console, along with rare footage of performances by Prince Buster and Jimmy Cliff.

Part of the exhibit covers the impact of the Jamaican sound on British music, with artefacts by The Clash and The Specials.

The opening night party was attended by various Jamaican luminaries including founding Ska-talites member Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore and legendary brass player Sedrick Brooks, along with local musicians such as Calvin Johnson from Beat Happening, and former Screaming Trees member Mark Pickerel. The exhibit runs at the Experience Music Project until January 6, before hitting the road in 2002.