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DUB - The Sound of Surprise by Helmut Philipps out in September 2024


DUB - The Sound of Surprise by Helmut Philipps out in September 2024

Helmut Philipps' book Dub Konferenz was published in Germany in autumn 2022. The English edition titled DUB - THE SOUND OF SURPRISE will be published on September 1, 2024 by Edition Olms. In contrast to the previous edition, it appears with a newly designed cover artwork in hardcover square format and contains over 200 photos. Read all about it here:

DUB - The Sound of Surprise
is a detailed chronicle and fascinating guide to the captivating history of Jamaican dub music, the first of its kind. This archetype of the remix style grew out of reggae in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The book presents over 200 illustrations and some rare album covers, and describes the origins and development of a unique technique created in Jamaican recording studios which would change the world of music production forever. Author Helmut Philipps has visited the places dub happened, and met its pioneers, inventors, and key figures.

In addition to analysis, Philipps includes essays and conversations with and about King Jammy, Scientist, Style Scott, David Rodigan, Bunny Lee, King Tubby, Lee Perry, Dennis Bovell, Ernest Hoo Kim, Errol Brown, Linval Thompson, Tippy I-Grade, Victor Rice, Mad Professor and many others. The gripping narrative also takes a look at the development of dub in Europe, the UK, and the United States.


Helmut Philipps
is a journalist and passionate collector of dub, who has mixed dub music himself. He has written two award-winning books about reggae that have been published in Germany. 

Translator Ursula “Munchy” Münch is an internationally active reggae author who has lived in Jamaica. Reporting for Reggaeville, the online magazine, she regularly visits the scene there, and has conducted more than 500 interviews.

Helmut Philipps and Ursula “Munchy” Münch share a life-long love of Jamaica, its people, its music, and its culture. Both write for Riddim, the internationally renowned reggae magazine, and are trained sound engineers.

DUB - The Sound of Surprise will be published on September 1, 2024 and is available for pre-order @ Amazon