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The Story of Lover's Rock

Black British experience in 70s and 80s and the music that inspired a generation.

Overview

Genre
Music, Docutainment, History, Cultural History, and Minorities
Synopsis

Lovers Rock, often dubbed ‘romantic reggae’ is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive footage shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- know as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets.
Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film highlights a forgotten period of British music, social and political history. Interviews include, Levi Roots, Linton Kwesi Johnson, UB40, Maxi Priest, Janet Kay, Dennis Bovell, Angie Le Mar, Dr Lez Henry.
THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK won the jury prize for the Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (2012)

Stage
finished
Running time
96 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
SunRa Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Years of Production
2011
Locations
London
Prod. Partners
BFM Media Ltd

Distribution Details

Release year
2011
Awards
Best Documentary Trindad and Tobago Film Festival
Distribution
Verve Pictures
Language
English

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