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Miss Pat in Flushing Meadows, Queens (Corona Park). Photograph By Kimmy Chung

Miss Pat, My Reggae Music Journey


Miss Pat, the founder of VP Records, has released a memoir entitled Miss Pat: My Reggae Music Journey. The book, which is part-memoir and part-photojournal, is a riveting account of the reggae music maven’s journey and life lessons.

My Reggae Music Journey – due for audio release in May ‑ documents 70 years of music history. It traces the genesis of Randy’s Record Mart, in downtown Kingston, Jamaica, founded by Miss Pat and her late husband Vincent ‘Randy’ Chin, moves on to the early years of VP Records, follows the family’s migration to New York City and concludes with the business as it operates today.

It features never-before-seen family photographs and original illustrations by the late Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou. It also features quotes and tributes from personalities including, former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga, Chris Blackwell, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and the late producer Edward ‘Bunny’ Lee.


Natasha Von Castle, director of communications at VP Records, explained that the book was an integral part of reggae culture. It is important, she said, for women across the diaspora to learn from Patricia Chin’s journey. In this largely male-dominated industry, she built an enviable empire that has a central place in Jamaican culture and today leads the world’s largest independent reggae record label and distributor of Caribbean music, VP Records.

In a career that spans more than six decades, Miss Pat has left an indelible mark on the lives of many people. Born in Kingston, in 1937, Chin helped build the reggae empire, beginning with the Randy’s Record Mart Store and Studio 17, which launched the careers of artists such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Augustus Pablo and Toots & The Maytals. The label also introduced several Jamaican artists to the international scene including Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw and Sean Paul.

A philanthropist, Miss Pat is passionate about investing in young people through music and education in Jamaica. “I have always been proud to be a woman. 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 business at the same time if they really want to. ‘Just start where you are,’ I always say. ‘The rest will follow,’” she says in the book.

The 212-page memoir ‑ co-authored by Anicee Gaddis, John Masouri, Alex Lee and James ‘Jazz’ Goring ‑ is published by Gingko Press. The audio edition will be released in May through VP Records.


The book can be purchased at Miss Pat: My Reggae Music Journey A percentage of the proceeds from all book sales will go towards the new Vincent & Pat Chin Foundation.