Update: Legends Of Ska Joins Kickstarter

Posted on March 10th, 2011 by JJ Loy

It’s been a few years since I’ve heard anything from the filmmakers behind Legends of Ska, a purportedly in-production documentary/concert film project.  But the project is not dead yet!  Behold a new Facebook Page. Built around the all star concert of the same name from 2002, I can only imagine that the producers have spent the past few years editing additional footage and getting the money thing in order.  It’s always the money thing, idn’t it?

The big concert in ’02 featured (among others) Prince Buster, Lord Tanamo, Patsy Todd, Stranger Cole, Owen Grey and the topper, in my opinion, Lord Creator- and I’ve been kicking myself for not making the trek to Toronto ever since!   Considering that many of the artists featured in the documentary have since passed away, the need for this DVD is greater than ever.

Event Poster from '02

You may recognize this concept from Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, which found DVD distribution last year, and you’d be right.  But considering ska’s contribution to rocksteady, it seems only fair that both find release, right?  I’m not sure what we, the fans, can do to help at this stage other than showing our support and spreading the word.

Maybe the Legends Of Ska folks should take a note from Samuel Gursky, who’s started a KickStarter page for his new documentary project, Brooklyn Rocksteady- which is generating a fair amount of buzz in the ska community, or the makers of Laurel Aitken – Live at Club Ska, which found international distribution.  However they do it, I just hope we get it soon, Legends of Ska sounds amazing!

UPDATE:  Looks like great minds think alike- you can support the Legends Of Ska production and lock in your copy of the DVD and soundtrack, by pledging at the LOS Kickstarter Page.

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Ska Online: Original Ska Documentary

Comments (0) Mar 10 2011

New Vic Ruggiero Documentary

Posted on September 29th, 2009 by JJ Loy

This video has been up since April, but it’s news to me- so now it’s news for you.  This short interview based documentary was directed by Marie Le Claire, whose name I recognized instantly.  I remember a few years ago, The Slackers announced a concert documentary and even released this trailer.  I contacted Le Claire and she says that the project was never finished, and it sounds like we’ll have to settle for the short we have.

It really is a great video, too.  Here’s Vic in the studio talking mostly about his dad, and weighing the pros and cons of working as a musician.  There’s some great concert and rehearsal footage between the interview segments, and some faces from Slackers past.  I love getting a glimpse of their cramped rehearsal space- oh and Vic does a Mick Jagger impression.

Here it is in two parts:

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Of course, none of this has anything to do with The Slackers: A Documentary by Ben Levin

Or… The Slackers Live And Direct From The Flamingo Cantina, both of which are available here.

Comments (0) Sep 29 2009

Roots Online: Dub Echoes Documentary

Posted on June 19th, 2009 by JJ Loy

Documentaries about Jamaican music are popping up all over the place.  Here’s one that I can’t wait to check out.  Dub Echoes promises to form a direct connection from contemporary electronic music all the way back to 70′s Dub Reggae.  It’s surely not the first time these connections have been pointed out, but it looks like a pretty solid film none-the-less.

It features DJ Spooky, Theivery Corporation, Bunny Lee, Dub Pistols, King Jammy, Lee Perry, Ticklah, Mad Professor and many more.  But don’t take my word for it… check the trailer:

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Comments (1) Jun 19 2009

Roots Online: The Aquarius Reggae Documentary

Posted on June 18th, 2009 by JJ Loy

Here’s something I just got hipped to, through a clip Maddie Ruthless recently posted to FaceBook.  The clip in question turned out to be just a small piece of a Reggae documentary from a 70′s UK entertainment news program.  I can’t find much information on the show itself, which was called Aquarius.  However, I was able to track down the episode, in it’s entirety.

The episode takes a nice aproach to educating it’s uninitiated white viewers.  The producers seem to be trying to heal racial tensions in England, by celebrating Jamaica’s most identifiable cultural export, Reggae.  One guest points out that what kept Reggae off of the charts was not racism, but a lack of understanding Reggae and Jamaican culture, from the record companies’ point-of-view.

Of course, if you’re a frequent visiter to Ska Blah Blah, I imagine you need no tolerance lesson.  For you, I recomend this movie for it’s great performances and insightful interviews, from Roy Shirley and many more.

enjoy:

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Comments (2) Jun 18 2009

Ska Online: Original Ska Documentary

Posted on June 4th, 2009 by JJ Loy

I’ve been looking for a copy of This is Ska, ever since I caught a glimpse of it on a friend’s Laserdisc. Clips have been available for years, but the entire movie was hard to track down. Then I ran across the whole thing (in four parts) on YouTube, this morning!
So here it is- for you- Check out Jimmy Cliff, Toots and The Maytals and Byron Lee and The Dragonaires, The Blues Busters and The Charmers. The best part about this doc, in my opinion, is the awesome, original ska dancing from these clean-cut Jamaican teens.
I know that it was filmed at the Sombrero Club in 1962, and that the film’s intro is sampled in tons of tunes- however, it’s still very difficult to find any info about it. If anybody’s got some info, send it my way.

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Comments (1) Jun 04 2009