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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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