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The Rootsman

Summary
John Leo Bolloten, also known as The Rootsman, is a musician and DJ based in Bradford, England. Bolloten is also a social documentary photographer. Early life Bolloten was born in Brighton. He moved to Scotland at the age of nine. Music career Bolloten's musical career began when he was living in Edinburgh, Scotland and taught himself to play guitar in 1978 at the age of 13 and formed his first punk band. After 3 concerts, he decided that being a guitarist in a band was not for him and he retired from that aspect of the music business. He moved to Bradford at the age of 18 in 1983. He worked for over two years in the local Roots Record Shop, where he began to be known as 'Rootsman'. Starting off making roots reggae in 1985, he began to incorporate African, Middle Eastern, Asian, trip hop and electronic dance music elements into his experimental dub music. In the mid-1990s, he started his own Third Eye label, and went on to work with artists
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