SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE BOOK

The market town of Huddersfield, nestled within the Pennine Hills of West Yorkshire, has made a remarkable contribution to UK sound system culture. From Armagideon to Zion InnaVision, the Arawak club to Venn Street, Matamp to Valv-a-tron, this unlikely location has been a stronghold of the British scene, yet has remained largely overlooked. Now, for the first time in print and featuring a wealth of previously unseen archive material, this book celebrates the people who helped establish Huddersfield as the reggae and sound system capital of northern England.

To order your copy email: shop@onelovebooks.com

SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE BOOK

The market town of Huddersfield, nestled within the Pennine Hills of West Yorkshire, has made a remarkable contribution to UK sound system culture. From Armagideon to Zion InnaVision, the Arawak club to Venn Street, Matamp to Valv-a-tron, this unlikely location has been a stronghold of the British scene, yet has remained largely overlooked. Now, for the first time in print and featuring a wealth of previously unseen archive material, this book celebrates the people who helped establish Huddersfield as the reggae and sound system capital of northern England.

To order your copy email: shop@onelovebooks.com

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN CULTURE … SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE!

Let’s Go Yorkshire proudly presents the Sound System Culture book and film launch.

Sound System Culture is an arts project exploring Huddersfield’s vibrant sound system and black music heritage. These sound systems played an important role in the history of UK reggae culture and to celebrate this rich history, a book and film have been created, which will be launched on Wednesday 9 April 2014 5pm – 7pm at the Researcher Hub of the University of Huddersfield.

The book, written by Paul Huxtable (Axis sound system), contains classic photographs, which document and trace the origins of reggae sound systems from Jamaica, to their establishment in Huddersfield and beyond. The book will be available for purchase at the launch, and available for pre-order from shop@onelovebooks.com

Along with the book launch, a coinciding film will be screened. This film includes oral history interviews with some of the key figures on the Huddersfield reggae scene, along with archive footage.

This event is part of the University of Huddersfield’s Research Festival, an annual event which showcases and celebrates the diverse ways research is conducted, and demonstrates its impact to audiences.

We hope you can join us for this book launch and film screening, celebrating the history of Sound System Culture!

By Steven R. Jackson

University of Huddersfield

HOMETOWN HIFI: THE EVOLUTION OF SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE

Exhibition at Sonos Studio, Los Angeles

Tags: Sonos Studio

HERITAGE HIFI ♥

HERITAGE HIFI 

SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE BOOK ON PRESS!

To order a copy of the book please email: shop@onelovebooks.com

FULLY-FUNCTIONAL RETRO SOUND MACHINE ERECTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELDA fully-functional time machine has been erected at the University of Huddersfield. Appropriately retro, with knobs, dials and switches, it is ready to transport visitors through the decades, to the years when the town was a famous centre for the culture of the sound system and reggae music, imported to the UK by West Indian immigrants.The Huddersfield area was once home to at least 30 of these mighty music machines and the University has partnered Let’s Go Yorkshire, a local community organisation, in a major oral history project named Sound System Culture.The project is the brainchild of Mandeep Samra who developed the project after speaking with many local people with first-hand involvement in sound system. “I first had the idea but didn’t know where to begin. One day my boiler man, Michael Royal, revealed that he had been a sound operator for Duke Warrior, a Huddersfield-based sound system that had been active during the 1970s. The project began to evolve organically, and as needs arose it seemed that the perfect people to meet those needs became involved.”Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project involves a team of volunteers and has resulted in a travelling photo exhibition and now an illustrated book and film, to be launched at the University on 9 April.With an Arts Council grant, a painstakingly reassembled example of a 60s/70s style sound system has been constructed from original components and has already toured carnivals throughout the north of England. Named Heritage HiFi, it is the creation of sound system builder Paul Huxtable, who developed a love of reggae in his teens. Preston-born, he settled in Huddersfield because of its sound system scene and he has paid many visits to the Caribbean to immerse himself in the culture.Heritage HiFi has now been installed at the University of Huddersfield’s Researcher Hub as a centrepiece for the Sound System Culture exhibition, which is open between 10 and 12 and 2 to 4 Monday to Friday. The sound system will be in action playing classic reggae on Thursday 27 March (5-6pm) and Thursday 3 April (5-6pm). In addition to authentic reggae music, Heritage HiFi will also be used to spin specially created “dub plates”, which combine music with passages of oral reminiscences from people interviewed for the project.The launch of the Sound System Culture book and film takes place at the Researcher Hub on Wednesday 9 April (5-7pm), as part of the University’s annual Research Festival. Professor Paul Ward, who is Head of History, English, Languages and Media and who has a speciality in the diversity of national identities in the UK and public history, was one of the partners in the co-produced Sound System Culture project. Paul was invited to participate in the project by Mandeep Samra, oral historian, researcher and artist, who led the project. Two PhD students, Jo Dyrlaga and Elizabeth Pente, were given the opportunity to contribute to the book by editing text and researching photos.Elizabeth is in the early stages of her PhD, dealing with aspects of oral history, public history and regeneration. She is from New Jersey in the USA and after a first degree in archaeology and geology and a Masters degree in historical studies, she relocated to the UK in 2013 after the offer of a PhD course supervised by Prof Ward. 
 She says, “One of the reasons I think that the Sound System Culture exhibition is so great is that it really has something for everyone - history, photography, music and technology.”Photo: Huddersfield Carnival 2013

FULLY-FUNCTIONAL RETRO SOUND MACHINE ERECTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD

A fully-functional time machine has been erected at the University of Huddersfield. Appropriately retro, with knobs, dials and switches, it is ready to transport visitors through the decades, to the years when the town was a famous centre for the culture of the sound system and reggae music, imported to the UK by West Indian immigrants.

The Huddersfield area was once home to at least 30 of these mighty music machines and the University has partnered Let’s Go Yorkshire, a local community organisation, in a major oral history project named Sound System Culture.

The project is the brainchild of Mandeep Samra who developed the project after speaking with many local people with first-hand involvement in sound system. “I first had the idea but didn’t know where to begin. One day my boiler man, Michael Royal, revealed that he had been a sound operator for Duke Warrior, a Huddersfield-based sound system that had been active during the 1970s. The project began to evolve organically, and as needs arose it seemed that the perfect people to meet those needs became involved.”

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project involves a team of volunteers and has resulted in a travelling photo exhibition and now an illustrated book and film, to be launched at the University on 9 April.

With an Arts Council grant, a painstakingly reassembled example of a 60s/70s style sound system has been constructed from original components and has already toured carnivals throughout the north of England. Named Heritage HiFi, it is the creation of sound system builder Paul Huxtable, who developed a love of reggae in his teens. Preston-born, he settled in Huddersfield because of its sound system scene and he has paid many visits to the Caribbean to immerse himself in the culture.

Heritage HiFi has now been installed at the University of Huddersfield’s Researcher Hub as a centrepiece for the Sound System Culture exhibition, which is open between 10 and 12 and 2 to 4 Monday to Friday. The sound system will be in action playing classic reggae on Thursday 27 March (5-6pm) and Thursday 3 April (5-6pm). In addition to authentic reggae music, Heritage HiFi will also be used to spin specially created “dub plates”, which combine music with passages of oral reminiscences from people interviewed for the project.

The launch of the Sound System Culture book and film takes place at the Researcher Hub on Wednesday 9 April (5-7pm), as part of the University’s annual Research Festival. Professor Paul Ward, who is Head of History, English, Languages and Media and who has a speciality in the diversity of national identities in the UK and public history, was one of the partners in the co-produced Sound System Culture project. Paul was invited to participate in the project by Mandeep Samra, oral historian, researcher and artist, who led the project. Two PhD students, Jo Dyrlaga and Elizabeth Pente, were given the opportunity to contribute to the book by editing text and researching photos.

Elizabeth is in the early stages of her PhD, dealing with aspects of oral history, public history and regeneration. She is from New Jersey in the USA and after a first degree in archaeology and geology and a Masters degree in historical studies, she relocated to the UK in 2013 after the offer of a PhD course supervised by Prof Ward.

She says, “One of the reasons I think that the Sound System Culture exhibition is so great is that it really has something for everyone - history, photography, music and technology.”

Photo: Huddersfield Carnival 2013

SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE BOOK & FILM LAUNCH
Wednesday 9 April 2014, 5-7pm

Researcher Hub, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH

SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE BOOK & FILM LAUNCH

Wednesday 9 April 2014, 5-7pm

Researcher Hub, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH

SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE TRAILER

( ( ( ( ( Jahovia In Dub ) ) ) ) )
by Roots Ista Posse and Ras Mykha 
Music courtesy of Cry In Soul Records and Patate Records

( ( ( ( ( War A Go Stop ) ) ) ) )
by Iration Steppas - Mark Iration & Dennis Rootikal featuring Danman
Music courtesy of Tandoori Space Records

gabbereleganza:

" Sound Clash " by Alex Fakso

These photos have been taken during Caribbean Carnival in Notting Hill, between 2009 and 2012, a place where carnival culture is very heart-felt and music is the real protagonist; Caribbean rhythms, ska, reggae, dub are just few of the genres listened in UK. Every year the streets of the neighborhood fill with millions of people and music takes over, thanks to many sound systems, the most famous have been played here since more than 30 years. ” My personal idea was to get very graphic images of the event, composed by parallelepipeds, very interesting in their way of representing that context. I took pictures before sound systems started to pump music up: calm before the storm. After some hours the atmosphere would have changed completely and millions of people would have crowded under those sound totems, which symbolize street culture bonded to carnival. ” ( Alex Fakso ) 

IT, 2012 ( Aalphabet books )

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SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE BOOK & FILM LAUNCHWednesday 9 April 2014, 5-7pmResearcher Hub, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DHLet’s Go Yorkshire is delighted to invite you and your friends to the Sound System Culture book and film launch.Sound System Culture is an arts and heritage project exploring Huddersfield’s vibrant sound system culture and black music scene, which have played an important role in the history of UK reggae culture.To celebrate the town’s rich history a book and film have been created. The book documents and traces the origin of reggae sound systems in Jamaica to their establishment in Huddersfield and beyond. The film revisits an era when Jamaicans played their music at dances in Venn Street club, which helped put Huddersfield on the British reggae map.The book and film launch are part of the University of Huddersfield’s Research Festival, an annual event to celebrate and showcase the diverse ways in which it conducts research. The main aim of the festival is to demonstrate the impact of research to both internal and external audiences. We hope you can join us in celebrating Sound System Culture!

SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE BOOK & FILM LAUNCH

Wednesday 9 April 2014, 5-7pm
Researcher Hub, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH

Let’s Go Yorkshire is delighted to invite you and your friends to the Sound System Culture book and film launch.

Sound System Culture is an arts and heritage project exploring Huddersfield’s vibrant sound system culture and black music scene, which have played an important role in the history of UK reggae culture.

To celebrate the town’s rich history a book and film have been created. The book documents and traces the origin of reggae sound systems in Jamaica to their establishment in Huddersfield and beyond. The film revisits an era when Jamaicans played their music at dances in Venn Street club, which helped put Huddersfield on the British reggae map.

The book and film launch are part of the University of Huddersfield’s Research Festival, an annual event to celebrate and showcase the diverse ways in which it conducts research. The main aim of the festival is to demonstrate the impact of research to both internal and external audiences. 

We hope you can join us in celebrating Sound System Culture!