Spending 86 minutes with Don Letts – DJ, film producer, musician, social commentator and “thoroughly engaging raconteur” – was an intense joy, Peter Bradshaw said in Guardians. As this “grisly” documentary explains, Letts was a rebellious kid who, after literally setting his desk on fire, played a major role in London’s music scene in the late 1970s. .
As a DJ at Roxy in Covent Garden, he helped forge an unlikely alliance between puns and Rastafarians, while delivering “a powerful cultural blow against segregation race”. After using his Super-8 camera to shoot memorable scenes from The Clash and the Sex Pistols, he later directed music videos, founded Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones, and made films. He speaks eloquently about punk rock – a lively genre, in his opinion – but everything he says is a “manifesto for humanity and creativity”.
Told by the man himself, Rebel Dread John Nugent says in Empire. Letts has a knack for finding herself in the right place, at the right time, and the film evokes a “hot” era when music, fashion, politics, and art were all on the cutting edge. It’s vibrant, fast-paced, and funny, if a bit one-sided.
Saskia Baron agreed on this issue that sometimes comes up Art table, but Letts has had such an active career that the lack of critical voices is forgivable. There are many great archival footage and memorable anecdotes from John Lydon. The part about Letts’ first visit to Jamaica to explore his roots and meet the reggae bands he idolizes is particularly intriguing. This is an exciting gallop through an “extraordinary” life.
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