The story of pioneering reggae record shop and label owner Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin

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Inspiring sounds from Jamaica to NYC.

A new autobiography telling the story of pioneering record shop, studio, and label owner Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin, called My Reggae Music Journey, is being published via her own VP Records this March.

Born in Kingston during 1937, Miss Pat co-founded the legendary Randy’s Record Mart, Studio 17, and VP Records with her husband, Vincent “Randy” Chin.

“They were the best people in the record business… and Miss Pat was the brains,” recalls Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Nurturing and releasing artists spanning generations – from Bob Marley & the Wailers to Augustus Pablo to Toots & The Maytals to Barrington Levy to Sean Paul to Marcia Griffiths – the VP label remained a pivotal reggae imprint since its inception.

Documenting her 60-year-career in music, the book presents previously unreleased family photos and archival images, alongside original illustrations by the late Michael Thompson and book designer Maria Papaefstathiou.

Ultimately “it is a book about family, love of home and homeland, perseverance, and business agility.”

Pre-order Miss Pat – My Reggae Music Journey Book here in advance of its 17th March publication, and check out the cover below.