Tracing the Dub Diaspora

Paul Sullivan


Paul Sullivan

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264 pages | 30 halftones | 6 x 8 1/4 | © 2014
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781780231990 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $25.00 ISBN: 9781780232102 Published October 2013
Dub is the avant-garde verso of reggae, created by manipulating and reshaping recordings using studio strategies and techniques. While dub was one of the first forms of popular music to turn the idea of song inside out, it is far from being fully explored. Tracing the evolution of dub, Remixology travels from Kingston, Jamaica, across the globe, following dub’s influence on the development of the MC, the birth of sound system culture, and the postwar Jamaican diaspora.
Starting in 1970s Kingston, Paul Sullivan examines the origins of dub as a genre, approach, and attitude. He stops off in London, Berlin, Toronto, Bristol, and New York, exploring those places where dub had the most impact and investigates its effect on postpunk, dub-techno, jungle, and the dubstep. Along the way, Sullivan speaks with a host of international musicians, DJs, and luminaries of the dub world, from DJ Spooky, Adrian Sherwood, Channel, and Roy to Shut Up and Dance and Roots Manuva. Wide-ranging and lucid, Remixology sheds new light on the dub-born notions of remix and reinterpretation that set the stage for the music of the twenty-first century.


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



Bibliography and Filmography

Select Discography

List of Interviews


Photo Acknowledgements


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