Saturday, June 27, 2009

Return of the Rub-A-Dub Style

I think we forgot to mention this one last year but has been doing the rounds lately and will be released in August.

'Return of the Rub-A-Dub Style' documentary tells the story of how L.A.’s weekly Dub Club was formed and maps its continuation of the reggae dub soundsystem tradition in Los Angeles. Hanft’s documentary, like the Dub Club selectors, digs deep into the history of dub and its impact on other music movements such as hip hop. The film is packed to the brim with compelling interviews of some of reggae’s legendary artists such as Ranking Joe, Brigadier Jerry, Scientist, Sister Nancy, U-Roy, L.A. resident Jah Faith and more – many who have ignited the Echo Park club’s stage.

A challenging aspect is trying to cover the wide range and history of reggae music but Hanft’s narrative, which is focused and playful, fuses the creation of Dub Club and its link directly to Jamaican roots culture. Wanting play the kind of reggae music he loved, Tom Chasteen and his friends co-founded Dub Club in 2000 in Echo Park. Eight years later, the club continues to roar like the Lion of Judah, booming with thunderous bass and reverb-drenched snares snapping like lightning.
(Article taken from, By Roger Park)

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