Get On Down have announced a deluxe edition of Joe Mansfield’s new book, Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession.
Here’s what we said about the book back when it was announced:
Over the past thirty years drum machines have helped shape the sound of more popular music than most of us even realise. From pop to rock, hip hop to dance music, the drum machine has kept the beat going through thick and thin. For Boston’s Joe Mansfield, a hip hop producer and music industry veteran who worked with Edo G in the early 90s, these beat boxes proved so irresistible he started collecting them after first coming across a TR-808 in 1985.
On December 3 Get On Down are publishing Mansfield’s Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession which features 75 machines from his collection, spanning the 1950s to the late 1980s, shot by award winning photographer Gary Land. The book features not just details and back stories on all the machines, gathered by Mansfield himself, but also archival advertisements and interviews with pioneers of the machines such as Davy DMX, Schoolly-D,Marshall Jefferson and Roger Linn. The book also features a foreword by Dave Tompkins, whose recent How To Wreck a Nice Beach is a must read for anyone interested in the vocoder.
The deluxe edition will be released on US Record Store Day, a.k.a. Black Friday, on November 29. It comes encased in a slip cover, packaged with a cassette, 7-inch record, and a digital download link — all with sounds and beats from the vintage drum machines shown in the book. For more, head to the Get On Down website [via Hyponik].
Last month, FACT spoke to Mansfield and posted a gallery of images from his book, including beautiful shots of the world’s oldest drum machine. You can check those out here.