Martin James 'State Of Bass: the Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass' Book
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Martin James 'State Of Bass: the Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass' Book

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Paperback: 220 pages tbc

Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.6 

State of Bass explores the roots of the jungle / drum & bass through its social, cultural and musical antecedents and on to its emergence via the debate that surrounded the apparent split between jungle and drum & bass.

Drawing on interviews with some of the key figures in the early years, the book explores the scene’s social, cultural and musical roots via the sonic shifts that charted the journey from deep underground to global phenomenon.

The book, which is written by veteran music critic Martin James (Melody Maker, Muzik, DJMixmagElectronic Sound and Urb, etc.), was originally published in 1997 as State of Bass: Jungle – The Story So Far. By 1998, it had sold out and has never been reprinted.

This updated version extends the original text to include the award of the Mercury Prize to Reprazent for the groundbreaking New Forms album and previously unpublished interviews with Roni Size, Goldie, LTJ Bukem, Fabio, Shy FX and other key players from the early years of the scene.


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