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King Tubby

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Blood & Fire's Steve Barrow (1998)

Interview by Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages audio, 10 September 1998

The reggae historian and Blood & Fire founder looks back on the evolution of Jamaica's sound system culture: early pioneers such as Count Matchuki; the selector/DJ split; Ruddy Redwood and the pre-release dub plate; sound system rivalry; Duke Reid and Coxone Dodd; and DJs and selectors becoming producers. Steve then explains how he got into reggae in the early-'70s and talks about Jamaica's relationship with hip hop. Finally, he talks about King Tubby and Scientist's dubs via an illustration of Bernard Purdie's 'Funky Donkey'.

File format: mp3; file size: 68.3mb, total interview length: 1h 11' 10" sound quality: ****

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Dub: Reggae's Cutting Edge

Overview by Idris Walters, Street Life, 1 November 1975

RIGHT NOW, Dub is at the cutting edge of reggae. ...

New Musick: Dub

Overview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 3 December 1977

Dub = Surprise Dub = Strobe (it flash your eyes/hypnotise) Dub = Pulse Dub = Frontier When you listen to dub:- ...

Blood And Fire Records: Simply Dread

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, 7 November 1997

Mick Hucknall's devotion to the pioneers of dub and lovers' rock led him to form Blood And Fire records. Sean O'Hagan salutes them ...

King Tubby: "This is a journey into sound"

Retrospective by Lloyd Bradley, James Maycock, MOJO, April 1999

Sonic visionary, dancehall supremo and obsessive money-launderer, he played the sliders like Jimi played a Fender. Lloyd Bradley and James Maycock chronicle the crowning glories ...

A Bluffer's Guide To Dub

Guide by John McCready, Jockey Slut, 2000

Note: This piece originally featured in Jockey Slut magazine and was written to serve as an introduction to those who had heard the word Dub ...

Reggae: Back to the Roots

Essay by Simon Reynolds, The Wire, September 2000

According to the remixologists' gospel, the dub virus was so successful, it took out the word and eradicated its reggae song hosts. Simon Reynolds rediscovers ...

King Tubby

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music, 2001

b. Osborne Lawrence, 28 January 1941, Kingston, Jamaica, d. 6 February 1989, Kingston ...


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