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Diplo’s new book and cruise liner hell

By | Published on Thursday 12 January 2012


Evidently not content with his various roles as Major Lazer producer, Mad Decent chief and Blackberry ambassador, Diplo now has his own book in development.

It’s entitled ‘128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo’s Visual Guide To Music, Culture, And Everything In Between’ (so a sort of ‘world according to Diplo’, then), and will comprise a collage of photographs, playlists and commentary arranged into chapters according to country. Featuring a foreword by fashion designer Alexander Wang, the book will be available via Universe Publishing in April.

Elsewhere in stuff involving Diplo, a party cruise liner bearing the dancehall DJ ran aground last week after striking some sand dunes. The likes of Skrillex, Tommy Lee and Korn (yes, really) were also aboard the ‘Holy Ship’, which was stranded for a day in Grand Bahama having run into (and damaged) a good-sized slab of underwater reef.

Mixmag reports that some of the boat’s 2500 revellers were heard screaming “We’re all going to die!”, though that may have actually been caused by Skrillex starting up his afternoon set in the tikki lounge. No passengers were harmed, though the same can’t necessarily be said for the rare corals and the livelihoods of local fishermen.

Here’s a very conscientious video of the incident: