The British town of Huddersfield, nestled within the Pennine hills of West Yorkshire, has played an important role in the history of UK sound system culture. In fact, in relation to the town’s size, its contribution to the UK’s sound system heritage is quite phenomenal. Featuring a wealth of previously unseen archival material, this book celebrates the people and sounds that helped establish Huddersfield as the reggae and sound system capital of northern England.
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Paul Huxtable AKA Dr Huxtable is a sound system builder, selector and founder of Axis, a Huddersfield-based sound system dedicated to playing vintage and classic reggae in a traditional style. A joiner by trade, Huxtable has lived and worked in the West Indies, spending much of his time studying Jamaican sound system culture while promoting and working with foundation reggae artists.
Al Fingers (AKA Al Newman) was born in London, England, where he lives with his wife and family. A designer, author, editor and cultural historian, his previous books include DPM, An Encyclopaedia of Camouflage (Maharishi, 2004), Fashion A–Z, An Illustrated Dictionary (Laurence King Publishing, 2009), Greensleeves, The First 100 Covers (Stüssy, 2010) and Clarks in Jamaica (One Love Books, 2012).
Mandeep Samra is an oral historian who has worked for over 20 years on arts and heritage projects, engaging with communities to record and document local histories and experiences.
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