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New photobook Drumz of The South will celebrate the golden years of dubstep

New photobook features Mala, Loefah, Skream, Burial and more

  • Words by: Safi Bugel | Photography by: Georgina Cook
  • 18 August 2021

Photographer and artist Georgina Cook has launched a crowdfunding campaign to publish a new photobook on the early dubstep scene.

Drumz of The South: The Dubstep Years (2004-2007) started as a newsletter and blog to document Cook’s "life-changing" experience in mid-00s South London, from frequenting nights such as FWD>> at Plastic People to listening to Rinse FM.

The collection of photos includes portraits of linchpins in the scene from Mala and Loefah to Skream and Burial, alongside landscape shots of the area.

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Cook’s images have previously featured on record sleeves such as Burial’s ‘Untrue’ and Dubstep Allstars Vol.2. She’s also exhibited her work via an installation ‘Who Wants A Rewind?’ at Tate Modern in 2018.

She’s now reaching out to the public to help release these images in a cohesive book form.

The book features over 150 photos taken at the time, alongside posts from the original blog, hand-drawn notes, essays and more. According to Cook, it is at once a record of the movement and a personal story of community and creativity.

It will be soft-bank with a dust-cover with 220+ pages designed by Alfie Allen and Joel Wilson.

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The fundraiser aims to raise £20,000 in order to print 1,000 copies. Any excess funds raised through the Kickstarter will be put towards a celebratory book event.

It will run for 30 days, until September 16. Once the book is funded, Cook aims to print and fulfil all book orders by the end of the year.

Rewards for those who pledge include a copy of the book, limited edition prints and the original paper newsletter.

So far, £9,015 has been raised. Donate here.

Safi Bugel is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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