Sound System Culture is a book which documents Huddersfield’s rich history of reggae music, in particular the sound systems and Blues parties/Dancehalls of the 1970’s – 80’s. Featuring a selection of superb photography which gives a rare, insiders look at the people and indeed the beautifully hand-crafted equipment which powered the scene; this book is a real gem.
The book has been very well received, with reviews in major publications such as The Independent and in respected culture blogs such as It’s Nice That, and with good reason, the book has been produced with a real reverence and attention to detail, not surprising when Al Newman’s (designer/publisher) previous books include the revered ‘Clarks in Jamaica’.
Conceived by Mandeep Samra and written by Paul Huxtable (Axis sound system, and Valv-a-tron hand-made valve amplifiers), with wonderfully intimate photography, the book is equally enjoyable to the uninformed and audio-geek alike.
As well as the book the project has featured an exhibition and a documentary film, view the trailer for the forthcoming documentary ‘Sound System Culture’ follow their videos here.
As an extra treat for you reggae fans, an interview with the legendary Winston Rodney aka ‘Burning Spear’ after his appearance at Cleopatra’s in Huddersfield in 1980.
Spear On the Wire