‘What is Graphic Design’, ‘The History of UK Reggae’. Those are just the BBC features we can remember right now. If we had a BBC stateside, we’d probably be alot better off. The funny thing is, they do better than we do on our own documovies. And this, maybe the best one we’ve seen, Goes a little something like this…. “The Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk” – How the squalid streets of ’70s New York gave birth to music that would go on to conquer the world – punk, disco and hip hop. [Read more...]
Don Letts is an unsung hero of British music. “Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread” is a documentary about the Letts family legacy that mirrors the history of BASS in the UK from Dub, Reggae and Punk to 80s pop, Hip Hop and Dubstep; a musical, cultural and personal link between past and present.
Don’s father was amongst the first Jamaican immigrants to Britain and he brought his sound system with him, introducing London to Jamaican Dub with its heavy BASS accent.
Don grew up in Brixton, immersed in Dub and Reggae. In the context of Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech and KBW â€“ Keep Britain White – grafitied across the walls of London, Don became the lone Rebel Dread crossing musical and cultural boundaries between black and white. He became DJ at the first Punk club, the legendary “Roxy” where in between live Punk sets, he played hard core Dub-Reggae and fortunately for him… [Read more...]
Tattoo/graffiti/poster art legend, Mike Giant at it again! This vinyl figure collab is in connection with the documentary series Toypunks. The Toypunks docu-series is a detailed look into Japanese toy collecting and it’s affiliations with punk. This bad boy actually the mascot. This one ranks right up there with Dr. Hoffman Clockwork Orange Qee that runs our studio. Available now through Reckless Toys. Nice little interview after the pics. [Read more...]