978-0-8050-4698-4 / 9780805046984

Born Fi' Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld


Publisher:Holt Paperbacks



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Of the ethnic gangs that rule Americas inner cities, none has had the impact of the Jamaican posses. Spawned in the ghettos of Kingston as mercenary street-fighters for the islands politicians, the posses began migrating to the United States in the early 1980s, just in time to catch and ride the crack wave as it engulfed the country. Feared and honored for being harder than the rest, they would lay claim to their new American territory with outlaw bravura, and the raw dancehall music born of their world would define gangsta culture for a generation of angry sufferers in Jamaica, American, and England. Laurie Gunst spent a decade moving with the possemen, and Born Fi Dead is her unique account of this netherworld, the first to bring to life Jamaicas international gangs.

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