Bass, Mids, Tops: The History of Sound System Culture Explained

Norman Jay is amongst those interviewed in new book

It is often punk and acid house that gets all the headlines when it comes to the most important cultural movements of the last few decades, but sound system culture has also played a huge part in shaping the modern landscape.


Not only did it give rise to London’s Notting Hill Carnival, one of the most famous street parties in the world, but also undoubtedly influenced jungle, drum & bass and dubstep, as well as entrenching vinyl and dub plates firmly into the underground scene.


A new book called Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History of Sound System Culture documenting its evolution is on the way this December. Written by music journalist Joe Muggs, it comes with extensive interviews from dub master Dennis Bovell, dubstep innovator Skream, Carnival king Norman Jay MBE, knob-twiddling dub guru Adrian Sherwood and bass weight champion Mala.

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