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26 Jul 2020

There are two original photographs of King Tubby left. And we'll give them away at the end of the week! Take the best picture of the book you can (no direction, do whatever you want, be creative!), and post it on our page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/King-Tubby-the-Dub-Master-English-version-103278821426628

The two pictures with the most "likes" by Thursday evening will get a free photograph.

The first printing of King Tubby's biography, The Dub Master (DREAD Editions), is almost sold out!

And it was not even reviewed anywhere... yet!

Thanks to all who ordered the book. This is very pleasing to see that King Tubby still fascinates people after all these years - and not only grown-ups! Many people from various countries got in touch with me, and believe me, King Tubby is still regarded as the musical genius to look up to by the young generation of engineers. Some people are still trying to do as g...

This is a very rare 45, and a very good one too: Skaravan by Roland Alphonson (Top Deck Records). It was offered for sale on eBay the other day, and it went for a good amount of money. Original Jamaican 45s can be very expensive as more and more collectors are becoming aware of their value - be it historical, artistic of financial. And it is, overall, a good thing.

But this copy has something very special. It bears the signature of its former owner. And guess who we're talking about? King Tubby himself!

Tha...

The issue of BM featuring King Tubby's interview, as well as a full-length article

about Jamaica and various artists by Carl 'Jahug' Gayle.

Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock is a key figure of Jamaican music, yet he’s quite unknown outside reggae circles. Although he invented Dub in the early 70s; although he operated the best sound system ever; although his studio has shaped the majority of the songs recorded in the roots era of the 1970s —almost nothing was known about him until we published his first biogra...

Ray Wilson lives in New York, but he grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica. So when he got his copy of King Tubby-The Dub Master (DREAD Editions), he immediately sent a picture of  page 65 featuring  an incredible ad for a Tubby dance held in Spanish Town (see below) on October 3rd, 1970. This document was sent to us by lickitback. It is particularly well put together, with a nice picture of "your main man JACKO" who held the dance.

Now someone in Spanish Town remembers the LOVELY GUEST CLUB where the dance...

12 Jul 2020

Version française ci-dessous/French version below.

Photo Carol Dodd (all rights reserved): Coxsone (far right) and Scientist (middle).

Scientist is one of the greatest Jamaican Dub Masters. He's very famous for the Dubs he mixed while at Tubby's in the late 1970s. When we spoke about his experience for King Tubby- The Dub Master (DREAD Editions), he mentioned the fact that he was also involved with Coxsone Dodd, at Studio One, at the time. "Coxsone thought I was Tubby's spy," he laughed. As the book shows,...

2 Jul 2020

Dub Vendor is a merchant website - and one of the most iconic. They consequently praise the items they try to sell. Nevertheless, it is a real satisfaction to read their comments on Natty Dread magazine that we published from 2000 to 2010. They used to distribute some copies in London at the time, and I do remember that they sold several dozens of copies of the issue with Tubby on the cover, although written in French!

They are now distributing King Tubby - the Dub Master (DREAD Editions), and the book is a...

English version below.

Comme écrit dans le livre King Tubby—the Dub master (DREAD Editions),  seuls trois enregistrements des soirées mythiques du King Tubby’s Hi Fi sound system nous sont parvenus. Dont un, exceptionnel, daté de 1975, avec U Roy au micro, toastant jusqu’aux prochaines dates. Ces témoignages sont d’une grande valeur historique et artistique malgré leur qualité souvent relative (ils proviennent d’enregistrements réalisés à partir de ghetto blasters). Les spécialistes sont persuadés qu’il en...

Mikey Gordon-Martin, aka Mikey Faith, was born 'under the clock' (of halway Tree) as they say in Jamaica, with a silver spoon in the mouth. He once ran one of the most iconic sound systems in Jamaica, Emperor Faith. He was known for playing the most Studio One Dubs in the world—these songs were cut on dub machines (most of the time at Tubby’s) and offered exclusive mixes of regular songs. Dubs were expensive, and most sound systems were playing both regular 45s and Dubs. Not Mikey. The early deejay Lizzy l...

13 Jun 2020

Our biography of King Tubby comes along a lots of terrific and very rare (most of them have never been published before) pictures of King Tubby or the studio. They are all used under licence from Tubby's family. Here is one from October 1973: King Tubby inside the 18 Dromilly Avenue, in Waterhouse. In the foreground, we can see the iconic MCI console! Can you spot the famous "big knob"? Ooooh yes, you can!

Courtesy of Tubby's daughter, Arleen Ruddock.

Find more incredible pictures in Tubby's official biograp...

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