Wesleyan Univ. Press, Middletown, Connecticut, U. Trade, paper. ISBN: ; Dub is the lesser-known brother of ska, reggae and ragga, the highly recognizable export products of that Caribbean musical hotbed Jamaica. Probably every music lover over the age of 20 knows reggae star Bob Marley, and names like Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru might even ring a distant bell, but the grand-masters of dub are hardly known.
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And then my world opened up, the Blood and Fire label was reissuing so many masters of dub, my homeboy Dan turned me on to King Tubby, and well really from then on, I pretty much found my heart in the rockers-era Waterhouse sounds of Jamaican Dub. Oh I see everything in relation to dub now, the compositional insertions, mood-shifts of the dub versions, and most importantly, what is said in the absences and pauses.
The power of silence was something that really resonated in that time of my life, as I was transitioning from a youngster full of political hubris and eager to speak on it, to a more moderated mature ing adult who saw the gravity of sometimes NOT needing to say something. My lifestyle now reflects this, sometimes I stand back and let the rhythm of the scene ride on without comment, sometimes I shout down nonsense, sometimes I repeat myself So this book is amazing in part because it not only provides a great history of dub, with good primary source interviews, it also contextualizes dub as helping create a meta-history of post-modern blackness that creates a referent point for reflection beyond just the auditory.
Something that ties together American Soul to Reggae to Dancehall to hip-hop to electronica to ambient to jungle, ad infinitum The deconstructive process of the music gets reified in so many of the forms that succeed it. Great musical history, a bit academic for those put off by critical theory, but really well thought out and researched, a great addition to the canon of literature on Jamaican music. Despite its limited title, it is a well written history of reggae without rehashing material form other books on reggae.
Of course the focus is on dub. The author also covers the historical and sociological influences on dub and its assimilation into music of many cultures. I most enjoyed the features on One of the best researched books about reggae ever!
I most enjoyed the features on specific engineers, who are rarely credited for their innovations. The author cites specific a and b-sides of singles to describe what makes each engineer unique. I found most of the tracks on Rdio and YouTube.
It does get a little pedantic toward the end, but not before giving the reader the tools to listen to and understand dub with a greater appreciation for the environment that inspired it, the artists that pioneered it, and the techniques that made it come Instead of being a tabloid-style tell-all like most other books about music, this book tells the story of dub with a strong emphasis on musicology.
It does get a little pedantic toward the end, but not before giving the reader the tools to listen to and understand dub with a greater appreciation for the environment that inspired it, the artists that pioneered it, and the techniques that made it come alive-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live-live Wish it had recommended playlists.
Dub : soundscapes and shattered songs in Jamaican reggae
Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae