It's been out of print for 20 years...

Seminal drum 'n' bass book State Of Bass will be re-published later this year.

The book was penned by Martin James, and it's original publication in 1997 served as a neat encapsulation of jungle's origins, its birth, and its evolution into drum 'n' bass.

Completely sold out by 1998, it has never been re-published with original copies selling for hefty sums online.

Velocity Press have stepped in to publish a fresh edition of the book, with State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle / Drum & Bass set to land on April 3rd.

The updated edition includes fresh text and new interviews, taking the story up to Roni Size + Reprazent's victory at the Mercury in 1998.

Available to pre-order now, author Martin James comments: Martin James says:

“I’m excited about the publication of a revised edition of State of Bass that has been out of print for 21 years and sells for silly money on eBay.”

“The book discusses the socio-political environment, the musical and subcultural antecedents and the cultural histories that inspired, informed and shaped this uniquely British post-rave emergence… Velocity Press is the natural home for this book and I’m proud to be one of their authors.”

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