Friday, July 17, 2009

"Reggae In A Babylon" DVD (director: Wolfgang Buld)

The third (and presumably final) film in German director Buld's series of films examining the punk and post-punk music scene in England, this one focuses on the influential reggae scene that ran parallel to the punk scene of the late 70's-early 80's. If punk and reggae don't sound like brethren, give a listen to UK acts like the Clash, the Slits, any ska, or even the On-U Sound posse, where the links become much more apparent). Like punk, reggae involved disenfranchised youth who channeled their disapproval for the depressed economic climate by making music that expressed universal truths and unity. There are some visionary and world-wise artists featured here, including the well-known Steel Pulse, and this music has aged much better than it's punk half-brother. Timeless and worthy. (MVD Visual)

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