New Dub Book Remixology is Now Available

Remixology: Tracing the Dub DiasporaThere’s a new book tracing the roots of Dub that Moss Man who most recently released the new Lynn Taitt singles says is “One of, if not the, finest book ever to come out on the history of Dub.” It’s a solid 264 pages with illustrations of dub-tastic history.

In Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora Paul Sullivan explores the evolution of dub – the avant-garde form of reggae. Dub as a set of studio strategies and techniques was among the first forms of popular music to turn the idea of song inside out, and is still far from being fully explored. With a unique grip on dance, electronic and popular music, dub-born notions of remix and re-interpretation set the stage for the music of the twenty-first century.

This book explores the origins of dub in 1970s Kingston, Jamaica, and traces its evolution as a genre, approach and attitude to music to the present day. Stopping off in the cities where it has made most impact – London, Berlin, Toronto, Bristol and New York – Remixology spans a range of genres, from post-punk to dub-techno, jungle to the now ubiquitous dubstep. Along the way Sullivan speaks with a host of international musicians, DJs and luminaries of the dub world including Scientist, Adrian Sherwood, Channel, U-Roy, Clive Chin, Dennis Bovell, Shut Up And Dance, DJ Spooky, Francois Kevorkian, Mala and Roots Manuva.

This wide-ranging and lucid book follows several parallel threads, including the evolution of the MC, the birth of sound-system culture and the broader story of the post-war Jamaican diaspora itself. One of the few books to be written specifically on dub and its global influence, Remixology is also one of the first to look at the specific relationship between dub and the concept that cuts across all postmodern creative disciplines today: the remix.

remixologybackThe table of contents reveals the focus of the chapters at least and looks like a good overview of how Dub and Reggae by default has traveled around the world.

1 THE KINGSTON CONTEXT
2 KINGSTON’S DUB PIONEERS
3 LONDON: SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE DIGIDUB AND POST-PUNK
4 NYC: DUB, RAP, DISCO AND ILLBIENT
5 LONDON II: UK RAP AND THE DUBCORE CONTINUUM
6 THE BRISTOL SOUND
7 BERLIN: GLITCH AND TECHNO
8 CANADA’S DUB POETRY AND DANCEHALL

The book is part of a series called Reverb that looks at the connections between music, artists and performers, musical cultures and places. It explores how our cultural and historical understanding of times and places may help us appreciate a wide variety of music, and vice versa. The series includes books on Brazilian Jive, The Beatles in Hamburg, Nick Drake, Tango and more. The book is available to purchase on Amazon where you can read a small portion of the book.

If you have this book already please let me know in the comments section and how you liked or didn’t like it.

 

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.