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DOCUMENTARY: SYNTH BRITTANIA

DOCUMENTARY: SYNTH BRITTANIA

Synth Brittania is a 2009 BBC Four documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage.

In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including The Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Voltaire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard, and they dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.

The crossover moment came in 1979 when Gary Numan's appearance on Top of the Pops with Tubeway Army's Are 'Friends' Electric? heralded the arrival of synthpop. Four lads from...


DOCUMENTARY: I WAS THERE WHEN HOUSE TOOK OVER THE WORLD

DOCUMENTARY: I WAS THERE WHEN HOUSE TOOK OVER THE WORLD

Watch I Was There When House Took Over the World now. This documentary explores the origins of house – from its beginnings in Chicago’s underground gay clubs to its global takeover. Featuring interviews with Nile Rodgers, Marshall Jefferson, Jesse Saunders, Chip E, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley and Honey Dijon.


DOCUMENTARY: SYL JOHNSON, ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS

DOCUMENTARY: SYL JOHNSON, ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS

Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows is a portrait of an overlooked yet hugely influential African-American musician whose 60 year career spanned every genre of Black music from the Blues, to Soul, to Funk, to Hip Hop.

In spite of enjoying success in Chicago in the 1960s with songs like “Come On Sock It To Me” and “Is It Because I’m Black,” and recording with the same band and producer as Al Green at Hi Records in Memphis in the ‘70s, Syl’s music remained largely unknown and his career was seemingly over by the ‘80s. With the...


DOCUMENTARY: THE GODMOTHER OF ROCK & ROLL

DOCUMENTARY: THE GODMOTHER OF ROCK & ROLL

From writer, producer and director Mick Csaky, The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe is a documentary that chronicles the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

During the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe played a highly significant role in the creation of rock & roll, inspiring musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. She may not be a household name, but this flamboyant African-American gospel singing superstar, with her spectacular virtuosity on the newly-electrified guitar, was one...


DOCUMENTARY: REGGAE BRITTANIA

DOCUMENTARY: REGGAE BRITTANIA

Reggae Brittania is a deep dive into the world of British reggae. The programme shows how it came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next 20 years, both British music and society, and includes major artists and performances from that era: Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and The Specials, The Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers such as Boy George and Paul...