A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a new photobook, ‘Drumz of the South: The Dubstep Years (2004-2007)’.
It’s the work of artist and photographer Georgina Cook, whose blog — Drumz of the South — has been chronicling the sounds of the UK capital, and particularly those south of the River Thames, since 2004.
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Images from seminal parties like DMZ, FWD>> and Skull Disco fill the 220-page publication, featuring faces such as Loafah, Skream, Burial, and Digital Mystikz. In addition, the book includes handwritten maps and notes taken down during the era the title covers, and samples from Cook’s original blog posts.
“The book has been an idea in my head for a really long time,” Cook told Crack Magazine in an interview. “I think the first iterations of it were back in 2008 or 2009 when I was studying Fine Art at Croydon College. Over the years, I’ve sat down, tried laying the book out, done various sequences on various walls of various studios that I’ve had, but it’s never gone any further than that.
“In the past year, I really started to take the idea of doing a book seriously. I think that was partly because I turned 40,” she continued. “That really made me think about what my priorities are in my life, but also my creative life. This book was the one project where I was like, ‘I’ll be really unhappy if I don’t make this’.”
The campaign will run until 16th September, and aims to raise £20,000 to cover printing costs. All orders are set to be fulfilled by December. Any funds over the target figure will be used for an in-person event and to pay for additional volumes.
The book design is by Alfie Allen, and Emma Warren has contributed the foreword, a journalist and critic whose own book, ‘Make Some Space’, looks at how musical communities can be built in the 21st Century.
In other publishing news, the first grime colouring book was unveiled in July, Manchester’s Haçienda is the focus of a new photobook, while rave and club culture during the late-90s and early-00s is celebrated in the pages of ‘Full On, Non Stop, All Over‘.