BBC Does Reggae Britannia, Watch The Documentary

Reggae BritanniaEarlier this year news kept coming in about a really cool new documentary that was to be shown on the BBC. At the time I was really busy and didn’t have time to post the information. Til now that is. Finally got around to watching it and figured I should correct this oversite. This is the second straight post about a Reggae documentary. Guess I’m catching up. It’s interesting to see that it wasn’t just a documentary but a whole series of shows including a live filmed show featuring a lot of the artists if the day – what a line up too! See what was shown below.

The actual documentary covers a large portion of the music and years. It goes into great detail about the history, about the artists that made reggae in Britain distinctly so and what the artists were thinking while they were making the music. It’s a serious document as one would expect from the BBC – another in a long line of amazing films. It features “talking heads-style” interviews with some of the top artists including Dave Barker, Pauline Black, Don Letts, Dennis Bovell, Jerry Dammers, members of UB40 and The Police – all who took the music in a different divergent way yet stayed true to the musical history they were trying to emulate. It also includes amazing footage of the bands in action of course. It’s a great piece of film and well worth the 90 minute viewing.

The film was made by Jeremy Marre, the same cat who came knocking on Esther Williams door and helped her find her lost Bob Marley footage from the 70’s (which I mentioned earlier). Read a very interesting blog post from him about the film HERE.

You can watch the documentary below.

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Here is a list of all the films in the series:

BBC Four Sessions: Reggae Britannia
Live concert featuring Big Youth, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Ali Campbell and others.

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae Rocksteady
Documentary chronicling the rocksteady era of Jamaican music, which led to reggae

Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul
Film telling the story of one of the most influential Jamaican artists, Toots Hibbert

Reggae at the BBC Reggae at the BBC
With Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Desmond Dekker, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown and more

Old Grey Whistle Test
Reggae Concert from the Edinburgh Festival Old Grey Whistle Test

Reggae Concert from the Edinburgh Festival
The Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers

Rock Goes to College: The Specials
The Specials perform at the Colchester Institute in 1979, playing hits such as Gangsters

Storyville: Rise Up Reggae Star
Three young Jamaican reggae artists fight to rise up from obscurity and into history

Drama about a young black man living Brixton in 1980 who fronts a dub sound system

Glastonbury 2010: Toots and the Maytals
Mark Radcliffe introduces a set from Jamaica’s Toots and the Maytals

Arena: Bob Marley Exodus ’77

Film exploring the impact of the world on Bob Marley and of Bob Marley on the world

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.