Today we bring you a book that has been decades in the making. Miss Pat: My Reggae Music Journey is a memoir of the life and work of Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin. Spanning some sixty years, the autobiography the VP records co-founder and wife of the late Vincent “Randy” Chin is a story of success within the immigrant community as well as entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. It goes from the beginning at Randy’s Record Mart in Kingston, Jamaica in 1958, an and important music shop/ recording studio to the family’s migration in the 1970s to Jamaica, Queens in NYC where the VP Records/ Distribution (‘the world’s largest reggae label”) was started. The rest is history, as VP Records has become a powerhouse label and continues to be a driving force in Jamaican music distribution here in the US and around the world (and launching the careers of Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Sean Paul, and many others).
This is why I encourage female artists to keep trying. This is why I tell young women that they can do more than take care of their home and children. I tell them they can run a home and a business at the same time if they really want to. Just start where you are, I always say, and the rest will follow.Miss Pat
With never been seen before family and artist photos, personal insights on reggae music, original illustrations by the late Michael Thompson, as well as quotes from everyone from former Jamaican Prime Minister, the late Edward Seaga to Chris Blackwell to Lee “Scratch” Perry to Marcia Griffiths to Bunny “Striker” Lee and more, this book is a deep look into the culture, the music, the business, and more through the eyes of an important figure in reggae history. Through hard work, adversity, and a strong human spirit, Miss Pat’s light has shone through with her many accomplishments during her 83 years on this earth. In the present day, Miss Pat takes those accomplishments and knowledge by giving back to the community. The Vincent & Pat Chin Foundation, A 501-3C corporation has recently been established and focuses primarily on the upliftment of Caribbean youth through education and the arts. A hard-working and savvy businesswoman who is respected all over the globe has a story to tell. It’s a personal story of overcoming adversity and establishing one of the most well-known names in reggae music. This memoir will go down as required reading in years to come, mark our words. The book is available from VP on March 17th.
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