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Punk Meets Reggae: Don Letts

Classic Album Sundays presents...

LONDON UNWRAPPED: MUSIC IN THE 1970s

Please note this is the KPlayer premiere of a pre-recorded interview.

After the first broadcast this event will be available on demand until Wed 26 May, 11:59pm.

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DJ, broadcaster and filmmaker Don Letts turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae in the mid-seventies in London. In this stream, he joins Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy to tell the story of how punk met reggae and the part he played. In 1977 he was asked to DJ at The Roxy Club (the UK’s first live punk rock venue), in between the fast and furious live punk sets Don played what he liked – serious dub reggae. Lucky for him the punks liked it to and this mix gave rise to the ‘punky-reggae party’.

Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and made the film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’, the only documentary on the U.K punk scene w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. He would go on to direct music videos for The Clash, Bob Marley, Public Image, The Pogues and Elvis Costello and won a Grammy Award for his doc ‘The Clash: Westway to the World’. He was also a member of Big Audio Dynamite with former Clash member Mick Jones.

Punk Meets Reggae: Don Letts

Classic Album Sundays presents...

LONDON UNWRAPPED: MUSIC IN THE 1970s