From Basketball to Reggae to Writing

Owen Broomfield (aka Hulk) is an extraordinary reggae keyboardist who grew up in the 60’s/70’s on the Aston/Handsworth border. Proving that he is not just a man of music but also a man of words, Owen has recently had his book ‘I Ain’t Mad at Ya’ published and, this Friday, you can be one of the first to read it.

The book was published by Tangent Books and Reggae Archive Records with the help of Birmingham School of Media’s very own Jez Collins who played an important role in the publication process.

I Ain't Mad At Ya
I Ain’t Mad At Ya by Owen Broomfield

In this book, Owen takes the reader on a poetic journey, outlining the struggles associated with being a black youth in the 60’s/70’s. It uncovers the harsh reality of how the black community experienced racism on a daily basis, not just from peers but from authority figures too.

Moving on from the battles of his youth, Owen lightens the tone of the book by highlighting how important music, sports and family were to him throughout his journey. Clearly talented in many fields, Owen goes into more detail about how he made the leap from sport to music in a surprising twist of fate.

David Katz described it as ‘An entertaining and enlightening read’, in Mojo Magazine.

Owen will be at Waterstones in Birmingham city centre on 20th October 2017 for his book launch. Tickets are available now for just £3 on the Waterstones website.

Don’t miss your chance to get your book signed by the one and only Owen Broomfield and join in with what promises to be an enlightening Q&A session.

 

Post by Rachel Hickey, a second year PR specialist at Birmingham School of Media, BCU

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